You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all who are viewing our revamped website for the first time. We are greatly indebted to Tim Shiels who has put in a tremendous amount of work on this overhaul. It now creates a more informative & vibrant site, which we hope that all our Members will refer to for regular updates.
We have travelled a long and arduous journey since the early inception of the Veterans Assoc back in the 70s, with early pioneers like Tadgh Lynch (RIP), Frank Hearns, Norman Judge, Nick Corish, Dorothy McLennan, Sheila Champion & Ann Woodlock, to mention just a few, to present day Athletes such as Brian Lynch & Joe Gough, who both hold current World Indoor records. In the intervening years we have become the Irish Master Athletes Association and seen many other changes, including the inception of Male Athletes turning Master at age 35 in line with Female Athletes.
We have witnessed many outstanding performances from Athletes throughout all the various Age Groups, including Eamonn Coughlans phenomenal achievement in becoming the first Master Athlete to run a sub 4 minute mile back in 1994 to Pauline Curleys selection for Olympic marathon in Bejing in 2008. Irish Athletes have amassed numerous European & World titles down throughout the years, from the aforementioned pioneers to current Athletes who have achieved European titles this year, Mick Traynor, Denise Toner, Gerry Ryan, Ann Woodlock & Pat O’Shea.
The IMAA have always been innovative and were the first nation to include a Banquet when hosting the British & Irish Masters CC Championships & also ensured that all top 3 Team Athletes received a Championship medal, not just the scoring members, as occurred in the earlier years.
Master Athletes now form the biggest membership within AAI and all major Championships from CC to Track & Field, including the Indoors prove to be the best supported Champs. on their calendar annually. It is heartening to witness the competitiveness from the Athletes, most notably when you see the enthusiasm of Pat Naughton or Hugh Gallagher, both of whom have been competing for over 70 years each.
As we prepare to host the British & Irish Masters CC Champs in Santry in November, hopes are high that we can achieve our best result ever, but it will need the support from all our Members to ensure that we can get our strongest Teams possible out in all age groups from 35 through to W70 & M75. It is incumbent that word is spread and that all available Athletes will participate in the trial race for selection end of October. We also have a huge contingent of 71 Athletes entered for the World Masters T & F Champs in Lyon in August and would anticipate further high interest in the European Masters Indoor Champs in Ancoca, Italy plus non Stadia in the Algarve early 2016.
We are greatly indebted to AAI for the continuous support, most notably with the provision of the official NB Athletic apparel of singlet & shorts for International Championships. They also acknowledge, in their Gala Awards, the Master Athlete of the Year.
Currently we are operating with a small but dedicated group at Committee level. We endeavour to ensure that the voices of our Members are heard & suggestions or ideas are brought forward to National or International level. The ethos of our founding members of integrity, camaraderie & fair play, is the cornerstone by which we continue to operate.
Please feel free to contact us with any further ideas or suggestions.