Athletes receive prizes at Aviva Star Track summer camp

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THE Mid Ulster Athletic Club Aviva Star Track summer Camp has once again proved an outstanding success with a large number of young people taking part over a wide range of athletic events.

The camp has been running all week at the Meadowbank Sports Arena under the guidance of fourteen club coaches. The weather once again was kind with only one day when the camp had light showers.

The search for a new sprinting star continues with two young people being identified at the camp with the potential to be outstanding and with proper training and bit of dedication on their part become excellent athletes in the world of sprinting.

This year the camp decided to pick outstanding athletes from the various groups and present awards. Patsy Forbes the club President who had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch when it came to Northern Ireland in June made a surprise visit to the awards at the running track dressed in his Olympic track suit and carrying his Olympic Torch.

He made the following presentations - Mary Fox 5/6/7 year old group- Peader McMenamin, Soft Javelin Throw; Emma McElroy, Speed Bounce; Jessica McGurk Group - Kate Higgins, Standing Long Jump; Odhran Mulligan, Target Throw; Christopher Holmes group - Nicholas Griggs, Running; Isabella Rose Love, Agility Activities; Claire Brownlow group, Grabrella Scott, Speed Bounce, Paul Joel Keenan, Standing Long Jump. To the 8/9/10 year old Rhonda McGurk group, Lee McMenemy , Javelin Throw; Amy Rose Mulligan, High Jump. Janelle McGurk’s group - Gina Bain, Running and Rowan Carmichael, Hammer Throwing. Sammy Rosborough group - Rachel Tohill, Sprinting; Danny Johnston, Long Jump. Senior Group(11 to 15) - Lauren McKenna , Best Girl Sprinter, Jonathon Hanna, Best Boy Sprinter; Cathair McGilligan Best Overall Boy; Hanna Murray, Best Overall Girl and two athletes to keep an eye out for in the future, Bethany Scott and Ciara McAuley.

The club are developing an endurance group and are encouraging young people to come along to the club on a Tuesday night at 8pm and a Thursday evening at 7pm for special training.

Under the watchful eye of their leader Sammy Rosborough a group of 12 have been in training over this past four weeks with the intention of taking part in cross country running in the autumn. If you feel this is your kind of sport then come along and join in the fun.