There was a small bit of athletics history made on St Brigid’s Day as DkIT Athletics Club had a team represent the college for the first time at a IUAA intervarsity competition.
Nine athletes from Louth, Meath, Dublin, Nigeria and Germany represented DkIT in a host of different events. For many of the team, it was their first experience of competitive athletics and everyone enjoyed the experience of putting themselves up against the best student athletes in the country.
The students who competed are as follows - Grainne Miggin: 16lb Weight for Distance, Shot Putt; Jonathan Munster: 60m and 200m; Tunde Toki: 60m; Marcel Ekwueme: 200m; Kieron Breagy: 3000m; Niall Fergus: 800m and 3000m; Emmet O’Brien: 800m; Fabian Wolfsdorf: High Jump; Darren Weldon: Shot Putt.
DkIT AC was established by Larry Brady, Darren Weldon and Rebecca Stretton, a group of 4th Year Community Sports Leadership students who were inspired by the London 2012 Olympics to set up a athletics club in DkIT.
Larry Brady, Chairman of DkIT AC, explained that there is a distinct need for the development of intervarsity athletics.
“Our club was established in September last year and aims to faciltate and develop athletes from the North East to compete at intervarsity level and provide a natural progression from secondary level to third level. It’s great to have a team at these championships and I’m just glad we are here representing the north-east. While we haven’t got an awful lot of experience at this level, the experience we got here today will stand to all of us.
“All of the athletes are eligible to represent the college next year so we can develop what we have with new students coming in next year. We have no doubt that the talent is here in the college to compete at intervarsity level in the long-term. Our participation here today is the beginning of a new era of athletics in DkIT.”
Darren Weldon, secretary and co-ordinator of Ardee Fit 4 Life also noted that recreational athletics is just as important in the long term aspirations of DkIT AC.
“The club is committed to promoting athletics at all levels of abilties and ambitions. There will be a 3k fun run on campus on Wednesday March 13. We hope to get as many people in the college running in this event as possible.
“Running is a great way to keep fit and make new friends and we will endeavour to get as many DkIT students out running regularly. We’d also like to thank Ciara Patterson, DkIT Sports and Societies Officer for all her help and support with establishing DkIT AC.”
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