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Youth Olympic Team Named


from A.A.I Athletics Ireland has announced an 11 member team to attend the European Youth Olympic Trials to be held in Moscow from 21-23 May

. This is a qualifying event for the Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore from 14 – 26 August. Qualification for the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be based on the athletes finishing position in the European trials. For example the top four sprinters will attend the Summer Games whereas the top nine Hammer throwers and top six Long Jump competitors will qualify. For full qualifying details see:

The team for Moscow is as follows:
Name Club Event
Ciara Dullaghan (Lagan Valley AC) 1000m
Mark English (Letterkenny AC) 1000m
Adam Ingram (Lagan Valley AC) 1000m
Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) 100m
Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) 5K Walk
Paul Scanlan (Leevale AC) 400m
James Treanor (Shercock AC) 10K Walk
Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) 5K Walk
Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) Hammer
Marco Pons (DMP AC) Discus
Sally Rose Maughan (Castlebar AC) Long Jump

Team Manager: Bernie Alcorn

Kate Veale from West Waterford reached her qualifying time in the indoors when she clocked 6:18.54 to smash Laura Reynolds 2005 Junior walk record of 6:51.07.
Sally-Rose Maughan of Castlebar A.C. jumped 5.86m at the Leevale Open Sports which secured her place on the team.
Demspey McGuigan Finn Valley AC threw an impressive 65.60m in the Hammer at a meet in Woodford Green Athletics club/track which was well inside qualification standard of 64.50m. Marco Pons achieved his qualification standard throwing 53.59m in the discus at the same event.

Elsewhere the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup will be held on the streets of Chihuahua, Mexico this weekend. The Irish representatives both hail from Leitrim; Colin Griffin from Ballinamore AC and Laura Reynolds from Mohill AC. Reynolds will compete in the 20km walk. Reynolds set a new personal best time in March of 1:37:29h. Griffin will compete in the 50km event and is looking to improve on his 24th place from 2008.