The Munster Indoor Championships took place last Sunday in Nenagh and Club athletes started the year as they finished 2012 on winning ways. Bernie O’Neill showed that he wintered well when he achieved triple Gold in the over 60 category when winning the 60m, 200m and Long Jump. He then turned his attention to the Shot Putt where he won the Silver medal. Albert Doyle also won Silver when competing in the over 55 Weight Throw event. William Maunsell made his Indoor Debut a winning one when winning the Munster Senior 800m title in style, crossing the line in 2 mins 1.02 sec. Roisin Cleary and Megan O’Brien ran well when finishing 4th and 9th respectively in the Junior Women’s 400m. In the Junior Women 1500m Laura Tobin ran well when finishing 5th. Sean Tobin and Michael Carey ran very well in the Junior Men when finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Joe Whelan continued his recent good form indoor when winning the Men’s over 45 Silver medal in the 1500m. In the Junior men’s walk Evan Lynch, Aaron Egan and Anthony Tobin competed very well when finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively.
2012 has been a very good year for Angela McCann and her brilliant performances at Munster level have been recognised as she was selected as the top Master women athlete for the year and she will receive her award at a special function at the Muster Sport Star Awards in Rathkeale on January 29. Well done Angela on winning such an award, well deserved.
Sean Tobin will look back on 2012 with mixed emotions. Sean started 2012 winning the All Ireland Indoors Under 19 1500 meter title in a new National Record of 3.56.52. During 2012 he qualified for both the World Junior 1500m Championships and the European Junior Cross Country Championships. In the former he narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi final while he had to withdraw from the latter due to illness. Sean can take some comfort from the fact that he is still Junior in 2013 and will definitely get another chance. It’s no wonder half of America want Sean in their College as they have seen the talent and temperament of a true champion in the making. Well done Sean on winning an Annerville award which will be presented on Saturday, well deserved as Sean is a great ambassador for the sport.