UPDATED: It’s that time of year again – the Primary School athletics finals – the 41st annual organisation of the event which began all those years ago in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey and finally found a home @ Finn Valley.
On Wednesday close to 1000 children will chase 300 medals and evident will be all the emotions not only with the children but extends to the many family members that turn up to support and ultimately make this the largest track/field outing of the year.
It’s an 11am start hence the emphasis on getting to the venue with plenty of time to spare to register etc.
From the event will emerge many champions of the future but most importantly it promises to be an enjoyable educational experience.
41 st ANNUAL AREA PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Venue: Finn Valley A.C., Stranorlar, Co. Donegal
Date: 1st June 2011
Time: 11.00am sharp
Program of Events:
|Born 2003||60m, 100m|
|Born 2002||80m, 300m Long Jump, High Jump|
|Born 2001||80m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see a)|
|Born 2000||100m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot put, Ball Throw for distance|
|Born 1999||100m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see b)Ball Throw for distance|
|Born 1998||100m, 800m|
- Entry fee is £2.50-€3.00 payable in advance or on arrival, each child will receive memento
- Children may compete in two events onlyplus relay
- Children to compete in their own age category, the exception being relay where the sections are:
- born 2001and 2002
- born 1999 and 2000
- Schools are limited to 2 children in each high jump, long jump, shot and ball throw.
This event continues to be developing with 92 schools participating during 2011.Qualifying regional trails where appropriate will take place during April/May. It is desirable to have a local area qualifying final. Areas which had a qualifying competition last year, were FinnValley (2 days) North West, Rosses, Buncrana, Killybegs South West.
Two athletes per event qualifying for the county finals along with one relay each regional event. Schools in other areas may wish to organise a qualifying competition amongst themselves on a mutually agreed day. Schools unable to organise locally may still compete at County final with one athlete per event plus relay team per age group.
Principals please note the former as numbers have forced: it is therefore desirable to have a local area event if at all possible.
Awards- medals top 3, certificates for all children N.B. where areas do not hold qualifying events I will on this occasion hold firm on the above namely one athlete per event per school in jumps and throws. You can understand this as there are time and safety limitations on the day.
The only change to the normal format is that I will organise the relays based on school size (this proved very popular in more recent years ): small school —-1 to 100 pupils, medium size —-1 to 200, large schools— 200 plus
Further Details from Patsy McGonagle at 087 2226112