Donegal nominees for national awards

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Some of the cream of Donegal athletics has been nominated for the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal.

Some of the cream of Donegal athletics has been nominated for the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal.

Letterkenny AC’s Mark Englsih has been shortlisted for the Track and Field Athlete of the Year following his fifth place finish at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. The DCU student is also in contention to win the Junior Athlete of the Year.

Brendan Boyce is a nominee for Race Walker of the Year. The Milford native finished in 29th place in the Olympic Games 50k walk in August with a PB.

Lifford AC are in the running for the Development Club of the Year award, while Teresa McDaid from Letterkenny AC is one of four in with a chance of taking home the Coach of the Year award.

The awards will take place on Saturday, November 17, in Dublin’s Clyde Court Hotel.

Also this week, there were celebrations in Urris after Westport, Co Mayo, native Con Doherty produced a brilliant all-round performance to become the first Irish triathlete to make the podium in a World Championship Series Final event as he claimed bronze at the ITU Junior Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday.

The 17-year-old was just pipped on the line for silver by France’s Simon Viain, with South Africa’s Wian Sullwald taking gold in the 16 to 19-year-old category. Con’s father John is from Urris and works in Mayo as an engineering director with Baxter Healthcare.