LIMERICK Athletic Club’s Stanley Ikeh has been selected for a Munster Star Award 2014.
The 15-year-old will be one of the guests of honour at this prestigious award ceremony and banquet to be held on January 31, 2015 at the Blarney Golf Resort Hotel.
Munster Star Awards are given only to the most consistent performers throughout the year and are in honour of the athlete’s participation, dedication and overall performance at selected events.
In March 2014, at the All-Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the Athlone International Arena, Stanley smashed through his previous High Jump record and cleared 1.6m – his new Personal Best – and just one notch below a medal finish. On the same day Stanley was ranked in the country’s top eight sprinters at U16 over 200m when he achieved a Personal Best of 24.93 seconds and that time was just over one second behind the Gold medal position. More recently, in November, Stanley secured his position as the fastest U16 sprinter over 60m in Limerick city and county in a time of 7.14 seconds.
His coaches at LAC were ecstatic to have been informed by the Munster Council of his selection for the award and in a club statement said: “Stanley is a phenomenal athlete and a natural performer. He keeps a cool head at competitions and while others may feel the nerves on the day, Stanley has no problem breaking his own records. We are extremely proud to train with him and we are confident that this will not be the last time that the LAC community will applaud this young man. Stanley’s performances during the year have been nothing short of impressive and while we at LAC knew how good he was, the club is in jubilant form now that his talent and skill has been being recognised for this prestigious award at Munster level.”
The juvenile athlete has built an impressive trophy cabinet through his time with LAC including an All-Ireland Bronze medal over 80m, a Munster Silver medal over 200m, three trophies from one day competing at Cork IT and a host of medals and trophies from local and regional events.
Congratulations to Stanley from the entire LAC community of athletes, coaches, club officers and supporters on this fantastic achievement.
ATHLETES, parents, coaches and supporters congregated en masse to The Pavilion at UL last Saturday, December 13, to celebrate a monumental 2014 for LAC and its community at their Christmas party.
In an illustrious year for LAC, memberships increased across all categories and some of the regions great coaches came on board to join the already deeply committed coaches to share their skills and expertise with the athletes.
2014 will be an acclaimed year in the annals of LAC as it was a period where success at local, regional and national competitions was improved including participation, medal positions and personal bests.
Families started to arrive in all their Christmas attire and The Limerick Leader had a photographer present to capture some special moments and family portraits for inclusion in their paper this week.
The multi-media presentation Click here to view: “Limerick Athletic Club Celebration of Participation 2014” tracked the club’s highlights from January 2014 right up to training on the morning of the party. Individual and team entries were honoured throughout the year including the national indoor championships, the local, regional and national track and field events along with the cross country.
LAC coaches thanked the athletes of the club for their hard work and dedication given throughout the year and in unison agreed that 2015 is looking extremely bright for everyone in the club.
The family fun table quiz was hotly contested, 16 teams entered and two teams – The Christmas Jumpers and Team Sport – got maximum points and each were given a family pass for Limerick’s newest fun attraction Jumplanes at Delta Sports Dome.
The DJ got the party started with some great tunes for all the family to dance along to and the Standing Statues game proved difficult for the adults, but the Panthers succeeded in winning and were without a doubt the best at the game.
LAC would like to thank the Pavilion for providing the finger food which was gulped down along with gallons and gallons of fruit squash. A special word of thanks goes to LAC vice-chair Tom Foley who ensured that all were fed and provided with that most essential of condiments – ketchup.
The Super-Awesome-Mega-Raffle (Totes) lived up to its name with super prizes. Laura Hession won the top prize of a family pass to Limerick Panto Society’s Cinderella starring Emma O’Driscoll from RTÉ and playing at the Limetree Theatre from Dec 27 to Jan 4.
The best Christmas Jumper competition was won by Orla Grimes and she received a voucher for her entire family to dine at Subway Roxboro.
Other prizes included two €20 vouchers for Gleeson Sports Scene kindly donated by the Mangan family, a box of chocolates kindly donated by the Prendeville family, wine donated by the Ryan family and sweets donated by the Leahy family and many tens of euro worth of vouchers donated by Subway Roxboro.
Table quiz results:
First Place: Team Sport 18 points
Second Place: Lough Gur Lakers 17 points
Snowman Plus 1
The Greats (Emer, Emma, Sarah, Ella, Sarah-Kate)
Third Place: The Penguins 16 points
Daragh, Aisling, Emily, Richard
Merry Jingle Bells
Grimes Plus 3
Fourth Place: Team Ava 15 points
Fifth Place: Quizmas 14 points
Sixth Place: Squad 13 points
Seventh Place: L+M 7 points
More images from the Greatest Christmas Party Ever