The Canadian World Pole Vault Champion, Shawn Barber, has confirmed his attendance at the third annual AIT International Grand Prix. The year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, 17th of February with doors opening at 6pm.
Another major medalist who has confirmed their intention to compete in AIT is Melissa Bishop, the 800m athlete. Bishop is the current outdoor world championship silver medalist with a PB of 1:57:52.
Barber & Bishop will be joined by 2012 European 200m Champion Churandy Martina (Ned) who will compete in the 60m. His PB in this event is 6.58 seconds which is two hundredths of a second faster than the stadium record set by Winston Barnes (Jam) last year.
German Gese Krause will be back again to try and break the stadium record (4.12.46) she set last year in the women’s 1500m. Krause is the current world championship bronze medalist in the 3000m Steeplechase.
Other big names are expected to confirm in the coming weeks for what is building up to be another star-studded evening in the midlands venue. The 2015 event was the greatest indoor athletics event ever hosted in Ireland. Seven stadium records were broken, multiple all-comers record’s fell, Mutaz Essa Barshim made three attempts at the world indoor high jump record while breaking his own Asian record, and Ben Blankenship ran the first ever sub four minute mile indoors in Ireland.
AIT president, Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin, said: “We have a really top field of athletes lined up again for the grand prix next month. In fact, the fields this year will be filled with a deeper level of talent than we have ever had. We are very excited about the event as are many Athletics fans in Ireland. Ticket prices are very competitive again this year. There are not many events in the world where you will witness such top class sportspeople at such prices”.
Tickets for the AIT International Arena Grand Prix can be purchased online here priced at €20 and €10.
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Foster the Future Coaching Conference
National Governing Bodies for Sport, Triathlon Ireland, Swim Ireland and Cycling Ireland have joined forces to promote best practice in junior coaching and keeping young athletes engaged in sport.
Together the three Governing Bodies will be hosting the Foster the Future Junior Coaching Conference in University College Dublin on the 27th of February 2016.
The conference theme centres around coaching juniors at a participation level and includes topics such as positive coaching, nutrition, strength & conditioning and mental health with topics specific to swimming, cycling, running and triathlon.
The conference is a full day with a selection of key note speakers and breakout sessions and is open to all.
The day will also provide an invaluable opportunity to meet with like minded coaches from other clubs and organisations.
For more information and registration visit www.fosterthefuture.squarespace.com or contact email@example.com
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The first round of evaluations for the Steps to Health were completed in October. Congratulations to all the Areas who made submissions, especially to those who achieved one of the quality standards. The following Areas have been awarded a ‘Steps to Health’ quality standard:
If your Area wants to get involved please click on Steps to Health or email Caitríona at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 086 7953564.
The Regional Development Officer (RDO) will be based initially in Dublin with responsibility for Counties Dublin, Louth and Wicklow.
The RDO’s role is to increase participation numbers of young people to experience a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Through recruiting, training, supporting and encouraging volunteers the RDO will increase the number of participants and of local volunteers. The RDO will support and strengthen committee structures in Areas and Counties.
We are looking for a committed enthusiastic individual with the capacity to work with, influence and motivate a range of volunteers, partners and agencies.
The RDO will have excellent communication, organization, presentation and negotiation skills. In addition the RDO will have a good overall education, relevant experience and a good understanding of sporting and cultural activities. The ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as within a team is also a key requirement.
Support local Area and County committees with strengthening operational structures, implementing funding programmes, recruiting and training of current and new volunteers and ensuring each Area and County is a viable and sustainable entity.
· A third Level Qualification is desirable but not essential
Applications addressed to John Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, 20 Inish Carraig House, Golden Island, Athlone, Co. Westmeath or email@example.com must be received by Friday, January 15th 2016.
Community Games revealed its new logo on 28th November 2015 at the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in Mullingar Park Hotel. To find out more and to download the logo in high quality, please click here.
Community Games unveils new logo at their Annual Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in Mullingar
On Saturday 28th November, over 300 Community Games volunteers from all over Ireland attended the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in the Park Hotel, Mullingar.
The Awards Ceremony now in its 23rd year is one of Community Games’ most celebrated and prestigious events. Speaking at the event, Gerard Davenport (President) said:
“Volunteers at Area level are the cornerstone on which our organisation is built on and these Awards were established to reward and acknowledge the tremendous work of all our volunteers at grassroots level across the four Provinces. Tonight we welcome 26 Adult and 24 Youth Volunteers, 27 Areas and 17 Small Areas, all here to accept our expression of thanks and gratitude for their hard work, dedication and commitment to supporting Community Games in their local communities throughout the island of Ireland.”
The night also marked a very special occasion for Community Games with the unveiling of the new corporate logo. Community Games in association with the HSE delivers “Endless Possibilities” for both participants, communities and volunteers and this message is now reflected in its corporate identity.
For the first time, the Media Awards were held in conjunction with the Area and Volunteer Awards. The emphasis on the 2015 Media Awards was for PROs to be recognised for promoting Community Games both online and offline. Bernie Brennan, PR and Marketing Director said:
“The times are a-changing and Community Games has always moved with the times. There is a tremendous amount of exceptional work being done at a local level, especially in terms of Social Media engagement and that is why this year we have decided to have an inaugural Area Social Media Award.”
Overall Area Winners on the night were Ballymahon Forgney, from Longford – A first for this very active community. Ballymahon Forgney also received the Gold Quality Standard in the Steps to Health Awards.
Athenry Community Games, Clare FM, Indedpedent.ie, Carlow Nationalist, Mayo News, Roscommon Herald and Donegal Democrat all won Media Awards on the night. Michael Crossan of Donegal won the overall PRO Award.
As testament to Community Games’ commitment to move with the times and to be more environmentally aware, 2015 also marked the transition to an Online Registration System for all participants and volunteers.
As Community Games gears up for its 2017 Jubilee celebrations one thing is sure – the possibilities are endless.
MEDIA WINNERS 2015
unner ups PROS
Michael Brophy - Mayo
Noreen Hynes - Carlow
Bernie Ryan - Roscommon
Runner-up Regional Paper
Social Media Winner
Peter Lyons of Athenry Community Games
Kevin Doyle of Independent.ie
Una Murray from Monaghan
Overall Regional Paper Winner
Overall PRO Winner
As part of the FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks which run from 8th - 22nd October, SARI are organising a series of matches between Direct Provision Centres across Ireland and their local League of Ireland Club.
As many of the Direct Provision residents do not own football boots we are looking to find spare pairs of boots particularly in sizes 8, 9 and 10. If you have an old pair lying around that you no longer need then please let us know or send to the SARI office at 8a Little Britain Street, Dublin 7 - between Capel street and Green street.
As we near our 50th Birthday (2017!) we thought we'd take a trip down memory lane and have a look through Community Games Programmes from years gone by Here's a little snapshot of some covers from the last 5 decades:
On Wednesday 23rd September Community Games, HSE and Athlone IT are teaming up to cycle a combined distance of 615km on exercise bikes: the equivalent distance of cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head.
The event takes place in AIT’s New Sports Centre and each relay team has 6 members who are cycling for 30 minutes each.
The Cycle Relay is taking place as part of MOVE week. MOVE week is an initiative of the International Sporting and Cultural Association (ISCA), of which the Community Games is a member. ISCA is a global organisation whose philosophy is that sport is not just about competition and exercise but more about being physically active, having fun and making friends.
Speaking of the event, Dr.Cate Hartigan, Head of Health Promotion and Improvement at the HSE said:
"It's fantastic to see our colleagues from the Athlone Primary Care Centre working together with HSE Community Games and Athlone Institute of Technology to raise awareness of MOVE Week, taking place from September 21st to 28th 2015.
“I have to commend these very determined and dedicated cyclists as this spin challenge is the equivalent of cycling 615Km from Malin Head, Co Donegal - the most northerly point of Ireland - to Mizen Head, Co Cork - the most southerly point of Ireland. With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has become the biggest annual week in Europe promoting the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity.”
During MOVE Week, hundreds of events take place simultaneously across Europe in a week-long festival of sport and physical activity. They can include open door or “try-it” events at local clubs, walking events, fun runs, bike tours, street sport events, school sports events, company activities, activities organised for hard-to-reach groups – the possibilities are only limited to your imagination! The size of the event can also vary – from small events organised by local groups, to bigger community event. MOVE Week is about having fun and finding your MOVE. As long as the event gets people active then it is eligible to be part of MOVE Week.
Some tips for being active during the week include:
• If you work at a desk for long periods, set an alarm on your phone every 30 minutes to remind you to stand up from your desk and move
• Do some desk exercises: shoulder rolls, arm raises, leg squats and stretches
• Take the stairs at work instead of the lift
• Go for a short walk on your lunch break
• Have a standing meeting instead of a seated meeting
• At the weekend join in with your local free 5km parkrun event www.parkrun.ie and encourage your colleagues/friends to participate.
Steps to Health
Reminder that any Area that has been working towards to Steps to Health Quality Standard needs to have their submissions in by the 30th September so that they can be reviewed in time for the Area Awards. Each standard will contribute a significant number of points to the overall points allocation for the Area Awards. Gold: 315 points; Silver: 150 points; and Bronze: 75 points. Return your progress report forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be asked to provide evidence of some of these standards.
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