A gathering of 44 totaled this group of athletes, coaches, parents and friends mostly coming Sligo AC and various clubs from Sligo, Galway and Dublin. Dermot McDermott of Sligo was instrumental in organising this group coming from Ireland. The camp was organised to coincide with the 1st round of Irish National underage track & field championships a few days later where all the underage athletes that attended the camp received either medals or posted personal bests in their respective events. PWWT Gran Canaria were also very proud and honoured to sponsor the cost of the camp for a number of people. Thanks to all who came…athletes, coaches, families and friends.
Paralympics Athletics Ireland(PAI) have been coming to Gran Canaria to train and prepare for major championships, twice a year every year, since 2012. In January 2014 several of the Irish Olympic athletes, including London Paralympic silver medalist Catherine O’Neill, competed in PWWT Gran Canaria’s II International Track & Field Meet, the first paralympic track & field meet to be held in Gran Canaria in a number of years. We are very honoured and proud to work very closely with all athletes and staff and we look forward to been a part of PAI’s warm weather training camps for many more years to come. Thank you to all the crew that come out each year for your continued support.
January 2013 saw the coming together of athletes from the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Tullamore Harriers AC, Galway City Harriers, Paul McKee’s stable of athletes, the United Kingdom and guest coach and mentor Bro. John Dooley. This camp coincided with PWWT Gran Canaria’s first organising and promotion of the International Track & Field Meet ‘ Isla de Gran Canaria’. It also was our first time to organise a reforestation project on the island with all the athletes who attended the camp. Truly a first of it’s kind for us. Thanks to all who made it happen. See videos of camp here.
This was our first ever warm weather training camp after just moving here 8 months previous. 12 athletes from Ireland ranging from 800 meters to marathon, living and training for 3 weeks based in the south of the island. We travelled all over the island to different training venues and for some of these first time visitors to explore the island. This camp was the cornerstone to how we continue to evolve and develop what we are creating here in Gran Canaria.
Trail runs, track sessions, cinder 1km sessions, strength & conditioning workshops, stretching & mobility workshops, nutrition workshops and top quality sports massage were the order of the days. With the beach less than 100m away, we rose every morning to stretch and prepare for the day ahead. Nutrition came in the form of the best Organic Gran Canarian food supplied by Carmen Gloria, our resident grower and supplier of all that is of the highest quality food from the island and abroad. Big thanks goes out to David Campbell and Feidhlim Kelly for getting this group out here. Paul, Daragh, Rob, Dáire, Kevin, Richie, Dermot, Conor and Fergal, thank you for been the initiators of our journey to develop these unique training camps here in Gran Canaria.
Trinity College Dublin came with a squad of 17 athletes in February 2014. The camp was organised by Laura Frey and Iseult O’Donnell, both experienced competitors. Athletes from Russia, America, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland, all studying in Dublin, comprised this group of well rounded competitors and beginners to the sport. This was a great camp based in Pozo Izquierdo and within the short week they were here we travelled to loads of different training venues. On top of this, they arranged excursions to different beaches and extracurricular activities to really take full advantage of their time here. A really relaxed group of people to train and be with, we would like to thank all of you who came to train with PWWT and especially for the wonderful and thoughtful gifts you gave us when you were leaving. The signed Trinity running vest has pride of place on our wall.
Orla Drumm came to Gran Canaria to train with PWWT on 2 different occasions. A full time athlete at the time, Orla spent first 31 days and then almost 3 weeks, in preparation for both National and European track & field championships. We learned a lot about hard work and single minded determination, not only in assisting Orla with training sessions, but also in the fact that she was here training by herself most of the time during those two intense training camps. Orla’s drive and understanding of her own system of training and that of her coach, were a pleasure and inspiration to witness. Thank you Orla for attending our training camps.
April 2013 saw the British Paralympic Wheechair Squad come to Gran Canaria to train for the first time. Jenni Banks, head coach for wheelchair racing with British Athletics, brought 4 of Britain’s top athletes for a 12 day training stint to the tracks and roads of our island. Between these 4 athletes alone there were 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and a 4th & 5th place finish from the London Paralympic Games in 2012. Add to this 3 world records, 2 paralympic records and 2 european records from 100m to marathon…plus the London Wheelchair Marathon champion from 2012. PWWT organised all logistical aspects of this camp from accommodation to training facilities to transport and our ever present personal service in helping in everyway possible. Thank you very much to Jenni, Hannah, Mickey, Shelly, Steven, Cate and Karen for this wonderful experience.
This was a unique and great occasion for PWWT Gran Canaria with my father, Shay Walker, been in Gran Canaria while two of the athletes he was coaching were attending a camp with us. Julia Carroll and Andrew Nolan came for a week’s training holiday to coincide with Shay been here. We got to learn from a true, yet quiet, master of coaching in athletics, Shay Walker. A man who coached and gave me my grounding in athletics. Andrew and Julia did some good workouts on the 1km cinder loop and city track. Along with stretching, quality healing massage, good grub and plenty of sea water, they left Gran Canaria in great condition. Thanks to Andrew and Julia for training with us and we really enjoyed your company.
Easter 2012 brought athletes from various clubs. Sarah McCormack travelled from Scotland to join Fiona Roche, Aoife Talty, Finbar Horgan, Paddy Timoney and Orla Drumm for a fantastic two week training camp. We based ourselves in the surroundings of the Maspalomas Golf Course and again used a huge variety of training venues on the island. With 3 apartments beside each other we shared cooking duties and did so using the best of Organic food supplied from our resident organic farmer Carmen Gloria. Training was sensible and intense and recovery was fuelled by good food, quality massage treatments and plenty of flexibility work…sun, sea and siestas helped here too. Thanks to all of you for a great camp.
This was a great small camp run with George Boyle, Sally McCarthy, Carol Finn and Jonathan Phillips. Based in Maspalomas over two weeks we travelled to various tracks and trails to do a variety f sessions. Jonathan was attending PWWT for the first time and was doing his 10 week work placement with us during the time of this camp. Sally, George and Carol are University College Cork and Levalle AC athletes, and were also attending PWWT Gran Canaria for the first time. The athletes recorded PB’s shortly after returning home in their main track events, 800m and 1,500m. Thanks George, Sally Carol and Jonathan for a great training camp. Check out a video Jonathan made of this camp in our ‘Videos’ page.
Worthing & District Harriers came to Gran Canaria for a 9 day training camp with PWWT Gran Canaria during Easter 2014. Gavin Stephens is the head coach and recently represented GB at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest. His young squad of throwers, jumpers and sprinters, were a joy to work with and watch as a team preparing for the upcoming season of League competitions in the UK. Gavin, Noel, Jimmy, Ella, Jake, Josh and Ed, thanks for coming to train with us and for such an enjoyable, friendly and rewarding training camp.
January 2012 saw athletes coming from Raheny Shamrocks, Rathfarnham AC, Galway City harriers, Sligo AC and Gran Canarian athletes joining us for some training sessions. Some of our athletes also competed in the Arucas 5km on the 7th of January with Killian O’Connor winning the Junior race with Dáire Birmingham, Kevin Moriarty and Bernard Roe finishing behind Canarian resident and Irish man Eoin Flynn in the senior men’s race. We trained at altitude and a variety of tracks and trails on the island during this 16 day training camp. Thanks to all who attended and marking our first anniversary with another brilliant camp, especially all those coming for their second time to train with us.
During Easter 2013 we had athletes coming from Louth, Sligo and Kildare. Bothers Eoin and Gary Brett from Newbridge AC were joined by Paddy Timoney(coming on his second training camp) also from Newbridge. Suzy Macken, one of Ireand’s top triathletes and only recently new to the sport, was preparing to represent Ireland at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London in September. Suzy’s training stint here concentrated on strong running and biking sessions. These 4 athletes were also joined by JP Carty of Sligo. JP was attending PWWT Gran Canaria on a months work experience, but he also took full advantage of his time here to get in a solid months training. To Eoin, Gary, Paddy, Suzy and JP, thanks for a great camp based at the tranquil settings of Maspalomas golf course.
Helen Corbett(Galway), 3 times a PWWT Training Camp attendee, was joined by new comer Siobhan O’Doherty(Tipperary) for a two week training camp in September 2012. Both athletes trained in a variety of venues on the island during the camp. Helen has showed incredible promise and consistency on the roads and track since she took up the sport in 2010. Winning National championships and been one of the fastest in the country in her masters categories from 1,500m right through to half marathon, Helen was in great company on this camp with Siobhan. A multi road and cross country champion from open events to National championships, Siobhan went on to win the prestigious Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin in 2013. A small yet just as important a camp as any we have had, we wish both athletes every success in their future running endeavors.
This small camp that rolled on from the ‘University of Limerick & Friends’ camp, brought first timers Robert Staunton(Galway) and David Somervile(Dublin) together with returning athlete, Aindríu Jenkinson(Dublin). Robert, a long distance athlete, made his journey here to get in some long miles and top sessions to continue his marathon racing preparation. David and Aindríu, athletes with Tallaght AC and DIT Dublin respectively, were both coming out with their own targets. Aindríu to get in some high quality speed work and David to use the camp as a stepping stone to getting his fitness levels back towards his best. The lads did some great runs and sessions again at various venues. Thanks Robert, David and Aindríu for coming to Gran Canaria to train with PWWT.