Athletics honour for Anne Marie

by Gazette Reporter

Fingallians Athletics Club member Anne Marie Torsney achieved another considerable milestone in her athletics career when the young star was named as Athletics Ireland’s most outstanding juvenile athlete for 2014.

Torsney’s national honour comes on the back of an outstanding year on the track. As well as being named Fingallians’ athlete of the year in 2014, she also won three national titles and two Leinster titles in two of her three main events, shot putt and discus (she also competes in the hammer), as well as four Dublin championship titles.

She also competed in the European Youth Olympics trials in Baku, Azerbaijan last June. She was also rewarded for her progress and improvement by receiving her high-performance card for the development of junior athletes through the Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI).

The Athletics Ireland honour is the highest award any juvenile athlete can receive, and Torsney will be presented with her trophy on February 28 at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Speaking about Anne Marie’s achievements which have led to her receiving this prestigious award, her coach Joe Evans told GazetteSport that her success is the result of hard work and a clear and continual progression in her growth as an athlete.

“She has shown very steady improvement in the last three years, and that would be down to her cross training. Anne Marie is also a very good swimmer and was a member of the Aer Lingus Swimming Club, and very good at taekwondo.

“She has a very precise training schedule in place in Fingallians’ gym, and practises her throwing at Santry stadium with Dave Sweeney, the Irish coach for the throwing events with the AAI.”

Continuing her good form of last year, Torsney recently added to her list of plaudits when she won the Under–19 shot putt event at the junior indoor meet in Athlone two weeks ago.

As for her future in sport, Evans says that Torsney will move forward at her own pace as her studies are taking precedence at the moment.

“We are taking each year at a time, with her exams happening at the moment. But she has shown more, larger steps this year than in previous years. The reason for that may be that when you get carded and you get a few wins, you put more effort into your sport.”

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