Tir Chonaill AC held their annual awards night on Saturday last in the Abbey Hotel where Pat McManus was inducted as the club's first Hall of Fame recipient.
The former Sacred Heart, Ballyshannon, teacher, who now has an osteopath clinic at his home between Cliffoney and Grange, has been involved in athletics all his life as a coach, athlete and in his own professional capacity as an osteopath.
The citation for the award included the following: "Pat has so many qualities - 'integrity and positiveness' possibly would top the list."
On the night a large group of juvenile athletes that represented our club with pride in Donegal, Ulster and All Ireland Indoor, outdoor and Cross country competitions were honoured.
Juvenile/Junior Event Category winners
Male - Ben Campbell - this young man-introduced to the Sport twelve months ago as part of the Glenties coaching group, impressed thoughout the year. He won an Ulster title and following a competitive heat in the All Ireland's at Tullamore qualified for the U13 60m Hurdles final. In his first All Ireland final he finished third after a nail biting final
Female - Kate McGowan, now a 2nd year sports scholarship student in DCU, is at the other end of the juvenile /junior age group. Kate in her first National Senior finished 4th in the 400m Hurdles and two weeks later got onto the winning podium with a magnificent 2nd place finish at the National Junior/Under 20 championships
Leo Carey-McDermott trains here in Donegal Town. At the National outdoors in Tullamore he literally blew the field away with his opening throw of 12.11metres in the Shot Putt to win the Under 13 category. Later in the season he showed his versatility at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast when he finished 2nd in the five event Ulster Under 14 pentathlon
Female - Hannah Shallow, on one of the wettest days of the summer at Tullamore overcame the elements to secure a bronze medal in the Under 16 Long Jump.
Male - Caolan O'Callaghan, currently a 1st Yr student at the University of Limerick.During the past three years has never been out of the top three in his age group at National level. He has numerous medal wins in Triple and High Jump. Caolan's top performance during 2016 was a best of 1.95m when winning the irish schools Senior title last June
Mia McCalmont was introduced to athletics via Hurdles and triple jump. Over the last eighteen months she has added middle distance to her bow and has had remarkable success. Early in 2016, in cross country she qualified to represent the Abbey Vocational School, in the All Ireland's following impressive performances at Ulster District and Ulster finals. On the track she moved up from 800m to 1,500m and at the Mary Peters Track ran close to 5 minutes in the 1,500m to qualify for the All Ireland.More recently she was impressive in gaining a top twelve placing at the Ulster CC finals-running a year out of her age group
The juvenile coaches annually nominate two athletes for special recognition.The criteria used in selection includes attitude, commitment, attendance at training and improvement during the year. The two athletes selected certainly fill the criteria
Overall Master Athletes 2016
Marie Rooney and Donal Haughey.
Club Person of the Year: Pauline Gavigan.
Senior Athletes of the Year
Male (joint): Christopher Doherty and Conal Mahon
Female: Kelly Mc Grory
Inspirational Perforamnce of the year: John McDermott wins UK pentathlon