AFTER a season of success in 2017, Ballygawley girl Molly Curran was rewarded with a Rising Star award at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Star Awards in Tullamore on Saturday.
The multi-talented Carmen Runner won the Irish Club U15 Pentathlon, the NI and Ulster U15 Pentathlon, Ulster Schools Minor Girls Pentathlon, Irish Schools Minor Girls Pentathlon, the Ulster Schools Minor Girls Shot Put gold medal, and the NI and Ulster Club U15 silver medals in the 200m and 250m hurdles during a year to remember, which included a Pentathlon PB of 3125 points, which was the best for her age in Ireland and fifth in the UK.
Even after achieving so much in just one season, Molly remains as motivated and dedicated as ever, and she will use her latest accolade to spur her on, to progress, hopefully to her ultimate aim of representing Ireland at the Olympic Games.
“I feel honoured to win this reward for Carmen [Runners] and Tyrone. It keeps me motivated to train hard, especially as so many other great athletes have won these awards before me,” she beamed.
“This year my goal is to qualify for the Irish Schools team for the multi event international in November.
“On the way to this I aim to retain the gold medals I won last year in the U15 NI and Ulster Pentathlon, the Ulster Schools Junior Penthathlon and the Irish Schools Junior Pentathlon.
“These are all late in the season, so my first big competition will be the individual Ulster Schools in May where I aim to win the sprint hurdles and the 200m.”
Having won a plethora of under-15 titles at just 13 years of age, few would challenge the now 14-year-old Molly’s hopes of retaining those crowns in 2018. She has started the year as she finished 2017, standing on the podium at the NI and Ulster Indoor Championships in Athlone, where she claimed a silver medal in the shot put.
And with an impressive coaching team behind her, the St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, pupil would appear to be on the right track to achieve her goals.
She is the daughter of Carmen Runners club coach Michael Curran, who got her started on the road to athletics success and while he remains in charge of her strength, conditioning, running fitness and throws, Molly’s technique in the high jump, long jump, hurdles and thorws is the responsibility of Wendy Philips, a former Commonwealth Games pentathlete and high jumper.
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