Jack Forde (St Killian’s AC) has being selected as the 2017 National Athletics Ireland Juvenile Star for Co Wexford. Jack, a multi-eventer specialising in high jump and shot put, is coached by Nicky Cowman and Mick Kehoe with throws expertise provided by John White. He lives in Crossabeg with his parents and sister and is presently studying for his Junior Certificate in CBS Wexford. His greatest achievements in 2017 include representing Ireland at the U16 SIAB Combined Events in Glasgow and, in the process, winning a team Gold medal. He also won 6 National medals – 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze. His 2018 ambitions are to continue to improve and to represent his country again. And, of course, to do very well in the Junior Cert. Jack will be presented with his award at the National Awards night in Tullamore on 17th February.
Here’s a summary of Jack’s year:
Leinster indoors U15
Shot Put (3kg) 1st (13.35m)
High Jump 1st (1.50m)
National Indoor T&F U15
Shot Put (3kg) 1st (13.46m)
High Jump 3rd (1.68m)
All Ireland Combined Events U15
1st – Shot Put (3kg) 13.27m, 80m Hurdles 13.06m, Long Jump 5.25m, 800m 2:21:35m, High Jump cancelled.
Leinster T&F U15
High jump 1st (1.70m), Shot Put (3kg) 1st (13.50m), Triple Jump 1st (11.09m), County Relay 1st.
National T&F U15
Triple jump 1st (11.14m), High Jump 2nd (1.68m), Shot Put (3kg) 3rd (14.27m).
South Leinster schools (Junior)
High jump 1st (1.65m), Shot Put (4kg) 2nd (11.67m).
Leinster schools (Junior)
High Jump 1st (1.70m), Shot Put (4kg) 2nd (11.98m)
Leinster Indoor Combined Events (Junior) 2nd (2,706 points)
All Ireland schools (Junior)
High Jump 5th (1.65m), Shot Put (4kg) 4th (11.72m)
National Indoor Combined Events (Junior) 5th (2,673) – qualified for SIAB team
SIAB Combined Events U16 15th (2,695). Team Gold.