Abbie Sheridan and Conor McMahon were the big Ardee & District Athletic Club winners on Friday evening as they were rewarded for another superb year of track and field performance at the 2017 Annual Athletics Louth Awards.
The teenage duo were named Athletes of the Year in their respective categories on a big night for the Ardee club, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk.
Irish athletics international and Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty was on hand on the night to hand out the awards to club members from across the county, whilst she also spoke to those in attendance about her own personal journey in athletics.
Abbie, who was also awarded for her cross country efforts in 2017, was named the Track and Field Athlete of the Year in the Under 15/16 category – retaining that award from last year – while Conor was named the Under 17/19 Athlete of the Year. Tara McGuinness also picked up a certificate for her successes throughout the last 12 months.
In the prize giving section of the night, which also saw President of the Athletic Association of Ireland and the Irish Olympic Council Georgina Drumm take to the stage, Ardee & District Athletic Club’s very young athletes were among those celebrated.
Hallie Sands and Arthur Sands joined Sheridan in taking to the stage to receive their own certificates at the end of a successful cross country season.
While in the eagerly anticipated track and field awards, Courtney Commins and Jack Dowdall (Under 9/11) and Hallie Sands and James Maguire (Under 12/14) were given certificates. However, they missed out on the top spot in their categories by narrow margins – with Hallie a single point behind the winner.
Before the ceremony came to an end, the achievements of Louth’s athletes at national level were recognised. James Maguire, Jonathan Commins and Kya Mothiram were the Ardee athletes awarded.
In 2016, 11 young members of the club received certificates and awards at the annual event.
Photography by PJR Photography.