You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them
We have travelled a long and arduous journey since the early inception of the Veterans Assoc back in the70s, 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 AnneGilshinan, Brian Lynch, Joe Gough and Shane Healy, all 4 of whom hold current World Indoor records.
We have witnessed many outstanding performances from Athletes throughout all the various Age Groups,including Eamonn Coghlans 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 afore-mentionedpioneers to current Athletes who have achieved European titles including Kelly Neely, Annette Kealy, Mick Traynor, Denise Toner, 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 some of our oldest athletes.
We are greatly indebted to AAI for their continuous support in organising various Championship and in their Gala Awards, where they acknowledge 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.