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.
Well that has been another funny old year, thanks to the pandemic. We did not have a cross country season or a road season, but we did have a T&F season, albeit it one that started where it would normally finish.
International competition over the Summer included European under 23 and under 20 Champs (both in Tallinn) at both of which strong Irish teams did the country proud. And a year late, the Olympics Games went ahead in Tokyo, undeterred by opinion polls showing 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 sporting 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.
We are now into a new cross country season despite the fact that the weather thusfar in October has been positively mid-Summer balmy. We have had two weekends of jam-packed action which has included all the underage categories, junior and intermediate. Who woulda thought that running around a field, or simply watching people running around a field, could be so enjoyable! The first of the Leinster championships meets takes place in Mountain View, Ballyhale on Oct 23. A week earlier, athletes hoping to make the Irish team for this year’s European Cross Country Champs will have a chance to run the Abbotstown course which will be used for that event.
It is so good to have competitive athletics events to look forward to again, to be able to meet up with fellow athletes, coaches and friends. As the song goes, from here on, ‘things can only get better”!
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