SILVER Sharon Heveran
Sharon takes silver in Belfast
TOURMAKEADY athlete Sharon Heveran won the silver medal at the Irish National Indoor Championships in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast recently. The Westport Athletic Club member managed 1.80 metres in the senior women’s high jump, which was actually higher than the 1.76 with which she won gold at last year’s event. However, she was pipped for first place by Deirdre Ryan from Dublin, who jumped 1.85.
There was further local success as Sharon’s Westport AC team mate Pamela Hughes took bronze. Eighteen-year-old Pamela, who was runner-up last year, jumped 1.75 metres. In a top quality field of 14 competitors, it represented a great day for Mayo.
“They did very, very well and I was very proud of them,” Ernie Deacy of Westport AC told The Mayo News. “This event is the highest level of competition in Ireland. So it is very unusual for the same club to pick up two medals in a particular event, particularly two years in a row.”
Sharon Heveran, who is currently at university in Cardiff, will be heading for Bangkok in Thailand later in the year to compete in the World Student Games. Having jumped 1.86 metres during the outdoor season last year, she has also qualified for the European Under-23 Championships, which will take place in Hungary later in 2007.