from Northern Ireland Athletics Athletics Northern Ireland and Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce that Irish Olympian Derval O’Rourke will be competing in the Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Senior Championships at the Odyssey Arena Belfast on 6th-7th February next year.

This is the seventh Irish Indoors meeting in the North which has been made possible by the generous assistance of title sponsor Woodie’s DIY and funding partners Belfast City Council. Once again upwards of 1000 athletes will be participating at the landmark Odyssey Arena, which hosts Ireland’s only indoor hydraulic 200-metre running track.

It will once again be transformed into a showcase for top class athletics from around the world, for the biggest event in the athletics calendar. This year competition for places on the Irish Team for the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar will be hotly contested and Derval O’Rourke will be vying for her place on the 7th February.

There have never been any doubts about Derval O’Rourke’s natural talent or competitive instincts, but not even her staunchest supporters could have anticipated her stunning return to form in 2009.

O’Rourke broke her own Irish record when finishing fourth in the 100m Hurdles final at the World Championships in Berlin, and was just 0.12 of a second outside the medals when she clocked 12.67 – the fastest time of the year over the distance by a European athlete.

The Cork woman had announced her return to form when winning bronze over the 60m Hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Berlin, clocking 7.92 – her fastest time since 2006. She won the hotly contested Track Athlete of the Year at the annual Athletics Association of Ireland awards dinner.

Also appearing at the Odyssey will be Northern Ireland hurdler Christine McMahon. McMahon of Ballymena & Antrim Athletic Club who produced a sensational run to deliver the 400 meters hurdles silver medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tampere, Finland.

McMahon, who is coached by former Irish Olympian, Maeve Kyle, improved on her personal best time of 59.78 set the day before, as she took the silver medal in 59.55 seconds, another Irish Youths’ record. She rounded up this Championship taking a bronze in the 4x100m relay finishing third in 46.56 seconds.

Adam Ingram of Lagan Valley AC set a personal best during the summer at the EYOF of 1.53.08 in the semi-finals of the 800m. Ingram has had a successful 2009 especially in the 800m winning the Schools International, UK School Games and the Irish Schools.

Funding partners includes the Belfast City Council. Speaking at the launch, Deputy Lord Mayor Danny Lavery said:
“‘Belfast City Council is dedicated to the development of sport. We are proud to support this event now in its seventh year and are pleased to be working in partnership with Athletics Northern Ireland and the Athletic Association of Ireland to deliver this prestigious event for Belfast”.

Woodie’s DIY Irish Indoor Athletic Championships is also sponsored by accommodation partner the Premier Inn who have two hotels based in Belfast- Waring Street (171 rooms) and Alfred Street Hotel (148 rooms).

Also launched today is the revamped event website, www.indoorathletics.net, which will provide all competitors and spectators information on the event.

Click Here For Irish Indoors 2010 Web Site

Online entry is now open for the Seniors and the Juniors, please enter all your events in the one transaction so that you are allocated one single number. Closing date will be the 23rd January. Please fill in all details carefully.

Tickets are also available to purchase from Ticketmaster or through the Odyssey Arena. This year promotional tickets for clubs will be available for a limited time only and will likely end on 23rd January, please support your sport and buy your tickets now!