Tralee School Selected For National Athletics Masterclass

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Former European Indoor Championship gold medallist David Gallic will be part of the Masterclass in March. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

STUDENTS from a secondary school in Tralee have been selected to participate in an athletics masterclass alongside 200 top track and field students from across the country this March.

The top 10 athletics students from Mercy Secondary School in Tralee have been selected to attend the prestigious masterclass event in the National Sports Campus, Abbotstown in March which will be facilitated by some of Ireland’s greatest athletic experts.

Bank of Ireland and Athletics Ireland joined forces in 2016 to launch a nationwide search amongst secondary schools to identify and foster talented athletics students and are delighted to announce the finalists.


The programme, which aims to encourage greater participation amongst secondary school students in athletics, will culminate in an event with advice and tips from Ireland’s top sports psychologists, nutritionists and athletes including former European Indoor Championship gold medallist David Gillick.

Speaking on the initiate, Frank Shaw, Head of County Kerry, Bank of Ireland said: “We are delighted to see students from Mercy Secondary School in Tralee selected as part of the Bank of Ireland Talent ID Programme in association with Athletics Ireland. Participation in the programme will give 200 students access to elite athletes and supports that will help nurture their talent and produce world class athletes who will go on to represent the country on a national stage.”

Development Officers from Athletics Ireland attended schools throughout the country to select approximately 1,000 students to participate, with Bank of Ireland selecting the top 10 students from 20 schools going on to attend the masterclass in the state-of-the-art National Sports Campus in Abbotstown in March 2017.

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