BIG FUTURES Brothers Adam (left) and Harry Sheridan from Fahy are pictured at Rice College in Westport recently. Pic: Conor McKeown
HAVE you heard about the two brothers in Rice College, Westport who are taking the country’s throwing scene by storm?
Adam Sheridan (17) and his young brother Harry (14) from Fahy are setting the bar extremely high for their competitors and don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
The Westport Athletic Club duo have been ‘throwing’ for quite a while now and have already amassed an impressive medal collection.
Adam, a holder of 20 national gold medals, began his athletics career as a sprinter, but a torn quad muscle sidelined him from the running track and thrust him into the thrower’s circle.
Twelve months later, at the age of 12, he won his first national medal in his favoured discipline of the shot putt. Today he boasts a collection of 20 gold medals, nine silver, two bronze, one international bronze and one international gold won at the 2017 Celtic Games where he represented Ireland.
“That is definitely my highlight,” he told The Mayo News when we paid a visit to Rice College recently. “It was class. I’ll never forget that feeling afterwards after winning.
“It was my first international competition and until you get all the Irish gear with your name on it, it’s beyond what you can imagine. I was hoping I would get to represent Ireland all year and when I got the e-mail to say I was selected, it was class.”
His younger brother, Harry, favours the javelin, tasting success for the first time when he was only 11 years-old, winning a national silver medal.
An accomplished rugby and GAA player, Harry found himself gravitating towards athletics due to his brother’s influence.
“I kind of copied him,” he laughed. “I did a bit of sprinting, but I was more into throwing so I basically just followed what he did.
“I won my first individual gold at under-12 in the javelin. I felt good and after it I just thought to myself that this was 100 percent my work that I put into this, and I got the reward I really wanted.
“Throwing is 100 percent your own work. You never have to worry about letting anyone on your team down and, at the same time, you don’t have to rely on anyone else. So it makes it easier in your mind some times.”
Winning national titles it appears is not something that either Sheridan brother bats an eyelid at anymore. However, both Adam and Harry were quick to reassure us that every medal is special.
They also both agreed that the sport of throwing is often under-rated among their peers (and just about anyone else not involved in the sport), but they’ve given up on trying to explain it at this stage.
Over the next couple of years, Harry’s number one goal is to ‘make the school internationals’, while Adam’s focus is fixed on the European Under-20 Championships in two years’ time.
“I need to do a lot of training, a lot of training,” he says.
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