After starring for Ireland at the European U20 Championships in Italy recently, St Gerard’s AC’s Kate O’Connor has set her sights on competing at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The 16-year-old, who was the youngest athlete to compete in Grosseto, set a new youth record with a points tally of 5,759 in the heptathlon, securing her eighth place overall.
A grandmother from Newry means that Kate is also eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland and speaking to Dundalk Sport’s Gavin McLaughlin at the headquarters of CX+ Sport — the kit supplier of Athletics Ireland — the St Vincent’s student said that was her next target.
Coming on the back of her brilliant performance in the heptathlon at last week's European U20 Championships in Italy, St. Gerards Athletic Club's Kate O'Connor spoke to Dundalk Sport at the headquarters of CX+ Sport on Friday afternoon. #DundalkSport
Geplaatst door Dundalk Sport op vrijdag 28 juli 2017
“I’ve two consideration standards for the Commonwealth Games coming up,” said Kate.
“They’re on in the Gold Coast in Australia next April and that would be really good. I think the selection takes place in September.”
The next European Championship event takes place in 2019 and because she is still only 16, Kate will still be eligible to take part in that event.
“I have two more years to go at these championships,” she explained.
“Hopefully I’ll be at the World Championship next year but I can go back to the European Championships again the year after.”