Athletics Sharing Success of U18’s

Ireland has no fewer than 15 girls and 8 boys competing over the coming days in the European U18 Athletics Championships in Gyor in Hungary.

They come from 21 clubs around the country suggesting a real depth of competitive talent in the sport.

Better still two of the competitors travel to Hungary ranked number one in Europe with Patience Jumbo-Gula in the 100 metres and Sarah Healy in the 1500 metres (and the 800 metres) having run the fastest times of the year to date.

Jumbo-Gula set a new European U18 Record in her heat for the 100 metres yesterday.  Here was her interview after the race.

This time last year Healy won Gold at the European Youth Olympics in the same venue.

The events over the next four days will be televised on Eurosport 2 and will also be live-streamed in full on the European Athletics website.

Athletics Ireland’s social media team is geared up and ready to share the action on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and it is to be hoped that the mainstream media will cover the Championships in full given that the content is so readily accessible.

It is, of course, an incredibly busy time with the GAA Championships, the Dubai Duty free Irish Open and the World Cup all jostling for centre stage but as consumers, we have a huge capacity for absorbing a lot of information and as fans we love an Irish winner.

That is what is promised over the coming days in two of the blue riband events of the athletics world.

Irish Life has been a long-term backer of Athletics Ireland.  They could be on the verge of a golden period for the sport here.

In another important step for the sport European Athletics has confirmed that all 1,063 registered competitors in this week’s Championships have completed its I Run Clean anti-doping education programme.

The announcement marked the first time ever that anti-doping education has been a mandatory entry requirement for an international athletics championships.

Athletes participating in Győr were required to provide an encrypted certification number showing they had logged on to the I Run Clean e-learning platform with their phone or computer, created a personal profile and successfully finished the eight interactive units covering the anti-doping rules, general information on doping control procedures and the personal values that lead to good decision making.

Launched last year in English, the platform was expanded in 2018 to 25 languages, by far the most of any anti-doping education programme in the world.