Welcome to the official Athletics Wexford web site where you will find pretty much everything you need to know about athletics in Wexford. This includes information on the county’s clubs, upcoming fixtures, results and general happenings on the Wexford athletics’ scene.
Notwithstanding a late start, the T&F season is approaching its end stages. At least we had a track season, albeit it one that started where it would normally finish: nationals first followed by county and provincial championships. The Covid thingy, that being the cause of the fixtures diary going off the rails, is no longer quite as scary as it was. In the same way that a fight or flight rush of adrenalin has one on high alert, the body can stay in such a mode for only a short period of time. So it has been with the pandemic: learn to cope or burn out. It looks, as the mutations move up through the Greek alphabet, that it ain’t going away any time soon. Expect the health authorities to make optimistic noises as they encourage us to proceed with great caution. We may no longer be in strict lockdown but this bat bug has a bit of life left in it yet.
International competition went ahead over the Summer. Irish teams competed at European Under 23 Champs and the Under 20s (both in Tallinn). And a year late, the Olympics Games went ahead in Tokyo notwithstanding the fact that advance polls showed that most Japanese people did not want the games to take place. Once the flame was lit, however, everyone settled back into their sofas to watch two weeks of top class sports action.
Well done to Menapians sprinter Leon Reid on making the 200m semi-finals in Tokyo. Congrats also to New Ross native Sophie Becker on being part of the mixed relay team which made the final. Well done also to Wexford’s Shane McCormack for his part in getting Bandon AC’s Phil Healy to Tokyo.
Mental Health & Wellbeing In Athletics
The past year and a half has been tough for everyone. Not surprising really as none of us has lived through a pandemic before. The mental strain of coping with the changes that the virus has brought to how we live, work, study and play has meant that the business of getting by day-to-day has been severely compromised. Athletics Ireland has put together a resource page signposting support services for mental health and wellbeing.
Keep up to date with general goings-on at the News page.
Athletics Ireland Child Safety Statement
Athletics Wexford has adopted the Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
We take the development and promotion of athletics very seriously in these parts. That’s why we have one of the most dynamic athletics communities in the country.
We also pay attention to the big health and social benefits which athletics brings. “Mens sana in corpore sano” as the Romans say! And the good news is that you are never to old, or too young, to start. If you are new to athletics you will find details of the club nearest to you under ‘Clubs’.
Running really is good for you! We spotted an article entitled 10 Mental Health Benefits of Running on Competitor Running (online).
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” Dean Karnazes