ATHLETICS @ AIT

Athlone IT is rapidly gaining a reputation as a 3rd level destination of preference for many of Ireland’s elite track & field performers with a steadily growing roster of sprinters, distance runners, jumpers and throwers currently studying here while making an impact on the national athletics stage.

In recent years this has included National podium performances from:

John Travers, Ger O’Donnell, Shane Aston, Niamh Fogarty, Abraham Miyares-Cuesta, Jerry Keary, Nadine Donegan, Conor Wilson, Vicky Harris, Grace Lawler, Brian Ndego, Amy McTeggart and Chris Kearns.

AIT unquestionably has the best athletics training facilities in the country which include the state-of-the-art International Indoor Arena, a 400m outdoor Mondo track, and a floodlit 2km cross country loop, all on campus and readily available to our varsity athletes. AIT has ongoing physiological and biomechanical assessments via our fully equipped sports science lab along with force reaction plates, Opti-Jump and a 3D infra-red modelling lab. These facilities and services are also available to our varsity athletes along with an AlterG treadmill and cryotherapy machine.

AIT currently retain a team of highly qualified and experienced athletics coaches at or above Level 2 which include specialist endurance, sprints, throws and jumps coaches, along with a designated athletics development officer, who are dedicated exclusively to assisting our athletes fulfil their potential. We encourage athletes to also start their coaching pathway with added benefits of securing part time work on campus or starting their own coaching groups if they prefer. At the same time, we respect and actively support pre-existing coach-athlete relationships which are seamlessly integrated into our coaching and training structures.

AIT is actively pursuing its ambition to become a recognised hub for elite performers and has the facilities, personnel and resources to make huge progress in the coming years. With many present students and alumni winning national medals AIT is emerging as the place to be.

Some of our recent athletic highlights have included performances from our newest recruits trying athletic events for the first time particularly with the Pole Vault, High Jump and Throws. AIT AC welcomes and actively encourages students who may be looking for a new challenge and are taking up athletics for the very first time. Beginners, whether exploring a newly discovered talent or simply hoping to keep fit, are very welcome and will receive the same level of encouragement and support as our elite performers.

Prospective students at Athlone IT with an interest in athletics are encouraged to contact our athletics development officer:

Bashir Hussain           Telephone:      086 787 6648 or

Email:             bhussain@ait.ie  to discuss AIT’s athletics programme.