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Athletics Ireland Endurance Coaches Newsletter 5 - Sep 2016

 

 
 

Welcome to the fifth Athletics Ireland Endurance Coaches newsletter.

The aim of this newsletter is to increase awareness amongst all endurance coaches in Ireland of all endurance related activities/initiatives and utilize it as a coach upskilling resource.

 Topics in this newsletter include:


- A look at some recent successful Irish Performances on the road and over cross-country
- Coaching Articles & Info Graphs
- Track Fixture List for Irish & International Races

Please help us make sure that there is clear communication of all endurance
news/initiatives in Ireland by sharing this newsletter with all endurance coaches in your clubs.

Any further information you would like to see in further issues of this newsletter or if an endurance coachwould like to add a written article then please e mail Steve Macklin
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Athletics Ireland High Performance Contact Information
 

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Outstanding Summer for Irish Endurance Athletes
 

Olympic Games Rio:
Ireland had 15 endurance athletes qualify for the games with many outstanding performances as follows:
- Mark English 800m (Coach Steve Magness)
- Ciara Everard 800m (Coach James Nolan)
- Ciara Mageean 1500m (Coach Jerry Kiernan)
- Sara Treacy 3000m S/C (Coach Bud Baldaro)
- Kerry O Flaherty 3000m S/C (Richard Rodgers)
- Michelle Finn 3000m S/C (Coach Donie Walsh)
- Paul Pollock Marathon (Coach Andy Hobdell)
- Kevin Seaward Marathon (Coach Andy Hobdell)
- Mick Clohisey Marathon (Coach Dick Hooper)
- Fionnuala McCormack Marathon (Coach self)
- Lizzie Lee Marathon (Coach Donnie Walsh)
- Breege Connolly Marathon (Coach Martin Deane & Paul Elliot)
- Robert Heffernan 50km Walk (Coach Marian Heffernan)
- Brendan Boyce 50km Walk (Coach Robert Heffernan)
- Alex Wright 20km/50km Walk (Coach Robert Heffernan)

European Youth T&F Championships:
Ireland had 14 endurance athletes achieve qualifying standards for the European Youth (u18) championships as follows:
- Emma O Brien 800m & 1500m (Coach Noreen O Reilly)
- Amy O Brien 2km S/C (Coach Noreen O Reilly)
- Niamh O Connor 5km Walk (Coach Sandra O Neill)
- Orla O Connor 5km Walk (Coach Cait Caulfield & Perri Williams)
- Aaron McGlynn 800m (Coach Mark Kirk)
- Rory Lodge 800m (Coach Niamh & Noel Richardson)
- Kevin McGrath 800m & 1500m (Coach Joe Ryan)
- Bobby Crowley 1500m (Coach Geraldine Hendricken)
- Charlie O Donovan 1500m (Coach Ken Nason)
- Fintan Stewart 1500m (Coach Sean Laverty)
- Darragh McElhinney 1500m (Coach Steve Macklin)
- Craig Mcmeechan 3000m (Coach Francis Marsh)
- Micheal Power 3000m (Coach Steve Macklin)
- Gearoid McMahon 10km Walk (Coach Josephine McMahon & Lauren Whelan)

World Junior T&F Championships:
Ireland had 6 endurance athletes achieve qualifying standards for the World Junior (u20) championships as follows:
- Louise Shanahan 800m (Coach Ray Shanahan)
- Carla Sweeney 800m (Coach Paul Fleming)
- Rose Finnegan 800m (Coach Joe Ryan)
- Pierre Murchan 5000m (Coach Mary McKenna)
- Jack O Leary 5000m (Coach Joe Ryan)
- James Edgar (Coach Heather Ardis)
 
Schools International T&F Championships:
Ireland had 5 medals in endurance events from the following:
- Davicia Patterson 800m Bronze (Coach Paul Magee)
- Claire Rafter 1500m Silver (Coach Damian Lawlor)
- Amy Rose Farrell 3000m Bronze (Coach Gerry Chung)
- Darragh McElhinney 1500m Gold (Coach Steve Macklin)
- Ruarcan O Gibne 1500m S/C Bronze (Coach Liam Cooney)
 

 

 

Endurance Coaching Network (ECN) Day 3 Saturday 1st October
 

Athletics Ireland is pleased to announce the details for the 3rd meeting of the Endurance Coaches Network (ECN) on Saturday 1st October at Athlone IT. The theme for this event will be "Endurance Training- Insights into development and high performance athletes programs". The event program will focus on giving coaches’ practical information that they can take away and use to help improve their own coaching practice and will be delivered through plenary presentations and breakout sessions. There will be time for question & answers at all sessions also. If you are a club coach, development coach or a performance coach then this event has something to offer you. The (ECN) will bring the coaching community together to gain & share knowledge and more importantly to network with each other. It will be hosted in the excellent surroundings of Athlone IT and run from 9am-5.30pm.
Steve Macklin, Athletics Ireland Coach Education Lead for Endurance said:
"I am really looking forward to this final event for 2016 as we have a superb line up of speakers and these coaches will share all. It should be a fantastic days sharing and learning and I encourage every endurance coach in Ireland to attend and make that investment in themselves and their athletes. For this last event we have given more time to the breakout sessions and have also introduced our first practical workshop on running mechanics. I am also delighted to announce our international keynote speaker Andy Hobdell who has masterminded the success of Irish international senior athletes Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward who compete in Rio Olympics this week. ”
Coaches can now register at the online link below for the low cost of €30 and the full finalised timetable will be released shortly. Registration for this event will close on Friday 16th September or when capacity is reached and places are limited to 140 coaches only. Register now to avoid disappointment at this link:

 
https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/AAIEnduranceCoachesNetworkECNDay3
 

Endurance Coaches Network (ECN) Schedule Saturday 1st October

8.45-9.15am- Registration/Networking & Tea/Coffee (Earl of Rosse C1164 Lecture Theatre)
9.30-9.45am- Opening Address by Steve Macklin (National Junior Endurance Coach) (Earl of Rosse C1164 Lecture Theatre)
9.45-10.45am- '12 years a runner, 10 years a coach and 8 years scientist - what have I learned?' with Dr Peter Francis
10.45-11.45pm- "An insight into the training of Irish Olympic athletes Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward" with Coach Andy Hobdell
11.45-12.00pm- Coffee Break                                                                                             
12.00-1.30pm- Breakout Sessions with a choice of the following:
1) ‘DSD Junior Endurance program: A Look Inside’ with Coach Donal Hennigan
2) ‘Karl Griffin Case Study- A Progression from juvenile to junior 800m training’ with Coach Eamon Harvey

3) ‘An insight into the training of Irish Junior 5000m record holder Kevin Mulcaire’ with Coach Pat Hogan
 
1.30-2.30pm- Lunch
 
2.30-4.00pm- 'Running Mechanics a practical approach’ with Coach Colin Griffin (Sports Surgeries Clinic Santry/Former Olympian)
4.00-4.15pm- Coffee Break
4.15-5.30pm- Breakout Sessions with a choice of the following:
1) ‘DSD Junior Endurance program: A Look Inside’ with Donal Hennigan
2) ‘Karl Griffin Case Study- A Progression from juvenile to junior 800m training’ with Eamon Harvey
3) ‘An insight into the training of Irish Junior 5000m record holder Kevin Mulcaire’ with Pat Hogan
5.30pm- Finish
 

 

 

 

Get free access to all the AAI Endurance Coach Network (ECN) presentations here http://hp.athleticsireland.ie/index.php/coaching/endurance-coaching-network

 

Details released for the Regional Junior Endurance Performance Squads for the 2016/2017 season, read more here http://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/junior-endurance-performance-squad-selection

 

 

Effort by Allistair McCaw
 

Effort is a choice:

Want to know what the number regret of athletes who didn’t reach their goals was? - They believe they could’ve given a better effort when they had the chance!

There’s one thing you don’t want to have when your career is done - and that is regret. ...
A great effort is something I believe first comes from having a great attitude. Effort is a ‘controllable’, it’s something you get to choose. You will be amazed how much a little more effort in all areas of your life will make. Not just in your results, but in relationships, school, your job and in general life. Nothing great is ever achieved without giving a great effort. And it all comes down to a consistency in your attitude and actions. Yes, all excellence and achievement starts with putting in a great effort.

The champion minded athlete understands that effort is not just a sometimes thing, it’s an everyday thing. The time you invest in meaningful effort will produce rewards that continue to grow more valuable.
We understand from the studies of Carol Dweck of Stanford University, that an individual who gives a great effort succeeds way more due to having a growth mindset approach. They enjoy the process of giving their best effort and trying their hardest. They see failure as a learning curve, not a dead end street. On the opposite side of that, we see individuals who have ‘fixed mindsets’, these are the ones who give up early and avoid putting the efforts in, fearing a poor result as failure.

My message to you today is this; don’t fall into a world that accepts mediocrity or second best. You are destined for much more than that. In fact, build your life upon those efforts and accomplishments that reveal who you really are. Try, try and try again, but never quit.
A great effort and attitude will take you places. In fact, I personally know college coaches who select players that display great effort and attitude with good skill level over the more higher skilled players who give less effort and attitude.

Make your best talent your attitude, effort and your work ethic!
Athletes, It takes ZERO talent to get to practice earlier or do the extra work in the gym.
Your choices now will determine your success later. Leave no regrets.

 

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http://thesportjournal.org/article/psychological-determinants-of-burnout-illness-and-injury-among-elite-junior-athletes/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Quotes from Social Media

"Just doing it is not good enough, it may sell shoes but it will not make you better. Do it better everyday with intent & purpose."

"The essence of sport is having fun – when you kill fun, lifelong development stops".

"Advice to all young coaches starting out: Get out & make opportunities happen. Get in the trenches & grind. Be humble, Look, Listen & Learn!".

"The importance of understanding the personalities of our athletes is just as important as understanding "

"If you're current path doesn't keep you up at night and wake you up in the morning then you're likely on the wrong path."

"Success is a result of consistency of action stemming from defined values, goals, performance standards, and methods."

"Provide context with instruction: Athletes should understand the ‘why’ behind the exercise."

"Increasing strength when you move like crap and leak energy everywhere is like tuning the engine of a car with 4 flat tyres. Fix the problem!"

"All good processes start w/ good people, we must not trust the process, we must trust the people in our process. Adaptability is essential."

"Fact is, If you to want improve then you need to be open to feedback & criticism."




 

 
 
 

Irish Schools Team Shines in Ashford read more here http://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/irish-schools-team-show-true-grit-in-ashford

 

A Breakthrough Games for Irish Athletes read more here http://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/breakthrough-games-for-irish-athletes

 

 

 

Up Skilling Opportunities for Endurance Coaches

- September 24th/25th Scottish Athletics Conference Glasgow http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/coaches/coach-cpd/national-coaching-conference/

- October 1st AAI Endurance Coaching Network Day 3 Athlone IT https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/AAIEnduranceCoachesNetworkECNDay3

- October 8th NI Athletics Coaches Conference Jordanstown http://athleticsni.org/Coaches/Conference
 
- November 4th-6th- European Endurance Conference Oslo Norway http://www.european-athletics.org/mm/Document/Community/Coaches/01/27/95/65/InvitationEuropeanEnduranceConference2016_Neutral.pdf

 

 

Check out the new Irish Milers Club website below for all the up to date information
http://www.irishmilersclub.org/

 

 

Cross Country Festival Dublin October 16th 2016
 

Athletics Ireland hosts a festival of cross country running at the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on Sunday 16th October 2016. It will be the inaugural event to be held at this dedicated cross country course which is within the magnificent National Sports Campus.

The event provides a unique opportunity for Irish athletes to race on the exact same course as the Irish Championships/European Cross Country Trials on Sunday 27th November.

Incorporated within the programme are international races as follows:
14.00 Women  6000 metres  (under 20 women run 4000 metres )
14.35 Men 8000 metres ( under  20 men run 6000 metres )

Athletics Ireland are issuing an invitation to member federations of European Athletics to send international athletes. This event is being organised by Athletics Ireland in conjunction with the following partners:
Fingal County Council
Sport Ireland ( National Sports Campus )
Dublin Athletic Board
National Masters Association

It is the intention of Athletics Ireland to make this an annual event on the cross country calendar. We encourage all our endurance athletes to attend for what should be a fantastic days racing.
 

Event

Distance

Start Time

U10 Girls

1000m

11.00am

U10 Boys

1000m

11.10am

U12 Girls

2000m

11.20am

U12 Boys

2000m

11.35am

U14 Girls

3000m

11.50am

U14 Boys

3000m

12.10am

U16 Girls

4000m

12.25am

U16 Boys

4000m

12.45pm

U18 Girls

4000m

1.05pm

U18 Boys

6000m

1.25pm

Women Senior 6000m
Women Masters 35-64 6000m
Men Masters 65+ 6000m
Women Junior (U20)  4000m
Women Masters 65+ 4000m

6000m/4000m

2.00pm

Men Senior 8000m
Men Masters 35-64 8000m
Men Junior (U20) 6000m

8000m/6000m

2.35pm

 

 

Cross Country Fixtures 2016/2017

 

Oct 16th- Autumn Open XC, Dublin
Oct 22nd- Ulster Even Age XC, TBC
Oct 23rd- Munster Even Age XC, Cork
Oct 29th- Leinster Even Age & Novice XC
Nov 6th- Lottocrosscup International XC, Mol Belgium
Nov 6th- Ulster Uneven Age XC, TBC
Nov 12th- UK Cross Challenge 1, Milton Keynes
Nov 13th- Leinster Uneven Age & Junior XC
Nov 13th- Munster Uneven Age & Senior XC, Limerick
Nov 13th- Burgos International XC, Spain
Nov 20th- Cross De Soria, Spain
Nov 26th- UK Cross Challenge 2, Liverpool
Nov 27th- National Even Age & Junior/Senior XC, TBC
Dec 11th- National Uneven Age & Novice XC, TBC
Dec 11th- European XC Championships, Italy
Dec 18th- Lottocrosscup, Brussels

Jan 7th- Edinburgh International XC, Scotland
Jan 14th- UK Cross Challenge 3/Antrim International XC, Antrim
Jan 22nd- UK Cross Challenge 4/Celtic International XC, Wales

Jan 22nd- National Intermediate XC
Jan 22nd- Cross Internacional de la Constitucuion de Alcobendas, Elgiobar Spain
Jan 22nd- Lottocrosscup, Hannut
Jan 22nd- Cross della Vallagrina, Rovereto Italy
Feb 12th- National Masters & B XC
Mar 11th- All Ireland Schools XC Championships
Mar 11th- - UK Cross Challenge 5, Birmingham
Mar 25th- SIAB Schools International XC
Mar 26th- World XC Championships, Kampala Uganda
 


Indoor Fixtures 2017

Jan 14th- AAI Indoor League Round 1
Jan 28th- AAI Indoor League Round 2
Jan 29th- National u20 & u23 Indoor Championships
Feb 4th- National Indoor League Final
Feb 5th- AAI Indoor Games
Feb 15th- AIT International
Feb 18th/19th- National Senior Indoor Championships
Mar 4th- IUAA Indoor Championships, TBC
Mar 3rd-5th- European Indoor Championships
Mar 5th- National Master Indoor Championships
Mar 25th/26th- National Juvenile Indoor Championships
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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