Minutes of the Captain’s Meeting held in University College Cork on the afternoon of 17 April 2004


In attendance

Dr. Stephen Lipson (SL), Prof. Cyril Smyth (CS), Prof. Michael Hillery, Mr. Eric Brady, Mr. Gavin McBride, Ms. Rebecca Haworth.


Louise Reilly, Gary Park (DCU),

Paul Wilson (QUB), Simon Taylor (QUB), Paul Lynas (QUB),

Jennifer Goggin (UCC), Doireann Lawlor (UCC), Brian Murphy (UCC)

Vincent O’Sullivan (UCD),

Rob Bruce-Brand (TCD), Kate Ruddock (TCD)

Ian O’Neill (UU), Daragh McDaid (UU)

Mariam Al Hilli (RCSI)

Lorcan Kinsella (DIT)

Ross Alexander (WIT)

Orna Donoghue (UL), Gerald O’Shea (UL)


The President (SL) welcomed all to the meeting. UCC were thanked for hosting the championship and praised on the success of the event.


1: World Student Games:

Ian O’Neill reported on the success of the World Student Cross-country. He mentioned that there were some problems securing the best athletes to compete but overall he was very pleased. A report would shortly be published on the website.


2: Antrim International:

SL gave the date as Tues June 8th for this event.  He asked for early confirmation of attendance from those selected.


3: Intervarsity Dates:

SL questioned whether athletes were satisfied with the four dates as they currently stood and asked for feedback. The Indoors Intervarsity invited the only debate. Most athletes felt that a date clash with the British AAAs should be avoided. SL felt that a clash is difficult to rule out as the AAAs date fluctuates and is announced close to the event. He outlined the possible dates.

Early January was discounted due to the proximity of exams in UL. The arguments for December were the easier motivation of fresher athletes, the crowding of the athletic calendar in February and the loss of the best athletes to the AAAs. The arguments for a February date included the fact that December is out of season for indoor events and may lead to injuries. Michael Hillery commented that December was originally chosen to induce new athletes. A vote among those present decided on a December date.


4: AOB:

Orna Donoghue mentioned that there was a problem with the High Jump competition in relation to the status of an athlete. She was advised that this issue was to be discussed at an executive meeting that would immediately follow this meeting. Ross Alexander commented that no officials were available for the Discus. Michael Hilley expressed his disappointment at the loss of the Pole Vault and the Javelin to CIT. He felt that there is no reason that the IUAA Intervarsities should be held at venues that cannot facilitate every event. SL said that there are very few venues that can provide such facilities, probably just CIT and UU. Ross Alexander confirmed that this would be a similar problem in WIT. SL confirmed that the Cross-country Intervarsity for the academic year 2004/2005 would be hosted by QUB and the Track & Field by WIT.


Minutes complied by Rebecca Howorth

Hon Secretary IUAA 2003-2005.