Of the many applicants 13 successful young athletes gathered with their families and mentors in the Mardyke Arena on Friday evening with guests of honour, Olympians Lizzie Lee and Rob Heffernan.
Of the 13 athletes, 10 were girls with the sibling duo of Sarah and Sean Hoare also included. In association with the Evening Echo and media partner, Red FM, the ETP is a stepping stone for these junior athletes and will give them that much needed support to help reach the pinnacle in their chosen sport.
With 8 different sports represented, there was a notable absence of the more popular team sports such as soccer, rugby and GAA. Minority sports such as karate and climbing often don’t have the resources compared to other sports and will greatly welcome the ETP.
The ETP will develop the athletes to maximise their physical performance through support structures such as strength and conditioning, performance psychology, performance nutrition and lifestyle management.
Lizzie Lee, ambassador and mentor for the programme, stressed that consistency was key to success and with the support of such programmes the chosen athletes could be the best that they can be.
Five time Olympian, Rob Heffernan described the raw hunger and mad desire he had to achieve and with the launch of his book “Walking Tall” in November and a World Championships in 2017, his drive to succeed is still as strong as ever.
Lord Mayor of Cork City Des Cahill was on hand, along with the many staff of the Mardyke Arena and UCC who have made this programme possible, to wish the athletes the very best in their future endeavours.
sportswomen.ie would like to wish all 13 athletes the very best and we look forward to following their progress over the coming year and into the future.