Monday, July 11, 2022

After setting a new national record at the under 18 European Championships on Thursday last, Ballinrobe javelin thrower, Oisín Joyce returned home to claim another national title at the National Athletics Championships on Sunday last.

By Majella Loftus

After setting a new national record at the under 18 European Championships on Thursday last, Ballinrobe javelin thrower, Oisín Joyce returned home to claim another national title at the National Athletics Championships on Sunday last.

Following this amazing feat, Oisín was given a hero’s welcome on Sunday afternoon when a large crowd gathered at Lake District Athletic Club’s new running track at The Green in Ballinrobe. The club committee, young athletes and their parents all met to see Oisín as he arrived home from Israel and Tullamore having set a record that will go down in the history of the club, which is just ten years old this year.

Oisín is son of Padraic, who is also his coach, and Pauline, one of the founder members of the club and is brother of Damien and Aisling, Glebe St, Ballinrobe.

Following his amazing feat, Oisín was given a hero’s welcome on Sunday afternoon when a large crowd gathered at Lake District Athletic Club’s new running track at The Green in Ballinrobe

Having won gold at the under 18 International Competition in Franconville, France in June with a throw of 67.40 metres, Oisín travelled to Jerusalem last week where he initially comfortably qualified for Thursday’s final before setting a new Irish under 18 record of 69.66 metres and claiming fourth spot, finishing just outside the medals.

Returning to Ireland on Saturday, Oisín travelled to the national championships in Tullamore where he once again produced another stunning performance to claim the gold under 18 javelin title with another record breaking throw of 68.41 metres, setting a new championship record and just shy of his personal best and the under 18 new record he himself had set.

Speaking to the Western People in Ballinrobe, Oisín said the main goal going to Israel was to make the final. “After that anything can happen in the final and to set a new personal best as well as a new national record, you can’t but be happy with it.”

Being so close to a medal, he said: “You would be disappointed but then when you look back I’m happy with the PB. You can tell when you let the javelin go that you have done good and to set a new national record was a brilliant achievement.”

Of his two first international competitions, Oisín said: “It’s great to get to know the athletes on the Irish team and when you get there, you get to know a lot of the European athletes. There is great support out there and a great vibe and buzz around the place, it takes your mind off the competition. The competition in France helped because we got to know each other before travelling to Israel.”

We had a bit of a disaster when we got to Jerusalem and discovered our baggage and gear had been lost in transit. “I had to compete with other javelins I had borrowed but everyone was in the same boat and you just get on with it!”

From here, Oisín plans to compete in the under 20 national championships next weekend which will wrap up a season to remember for the Ballinrobe man who has exceeded all expectations over the past number of months.

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