Good news for Irish Hammer and Discus throwers with the news that Dunboyne Athletic Club in association with the Athletic Association of Ireland will be hosting an AAI permit meet on Saturday, 3rd of March. The event will take place at the Dunboyne AC all weather track, located on the Rooske Road, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
The meet will feature a Hammer and Discus competition for both junior and senior athletes. The recently constructed Olympic hammer cage at the track will provide competing athletes with the best possible facilities for the competition.
Athletics Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of the Sports Capital Programme of the Dept. of Transport Tourism & Sport in building this facility.
Irish International hammer thrower Padraig White (Dunboyne AC) will be one of the favourites to win the hammer contest in Dunboyne. White commented “I feel it is very important that we have an annual winter throws event here in Ireland. It will give the throwers an opportunity to break up the winter training and put down a mid season mark. I am really looking forward to the competition in Dunboyne”
Promising local junior athlete James McCabe (Dunboyne AC) is also likely to feature strongly in the men’s hammer competition. McCabe claimed the bronze medal in the hammer throw at the Woodie’s DIY AAI Senior track and field championships last summer.
The AAI permit meet offers McCabe the perfect opportunity to lay down a good early season mark in a year where the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona are his likely target. McCabe commented “The world junior championships in Barcelona are a big aim for me in 2012; the competition in Dunboyne will give me a good opportunity to assess how my winter training is progressing”
Cara Kennedy (Ferrybank AC) will be the strong favourite to take the women’s competition at the Dunboyne meet. Kennedy is the current national junior record holder and also competed for Ireland at last summer’s European Junior Championships in the hammer event. Kennedy commented “I would like to throw over the 60 metre mark in 2012 and try and do some overseas competitions if possible”
The event is yet another welcome boost for the Irish throwing Community, following on from the announcement last December of the sponsorship agreement with Polanik-ProSportEurope.com and Irish throwers.