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National Relay Team Programme

Purpose of Supporting Athletics Ireland-HP Relay Squads
For all selected Team Championships and invitational relay events Athletics Ireland-HP will coordinate the programmes for each identified relay team.  Athletics Ireland High Performance Programme will look to support, develop, and identify Relay Squads for the 2018 season with a longer term objective to qualify Athletics Ireland-HP Relay Squads for major championships.

The overarching 2018 philosophies to support relay squads are to:

• Provide a realistic pathway for our sprinters to represent Ireland at the major championships (i.e. Olympic Games, age group IAAF World and European Championships)
• Provide the attraction to recruit and engage “fast athletes” in the sport (i.e. the incentive to retain fast athletes)
• Achieve Top 16 results within our relay programmes with the long-term progress to final at major championships
• Add depth and excitement to our our National Teams
• To identify and support athletes (relay carding) and relay programme initiatives

Identifying the Relay Teams
In 2018 as a guide to identifying potential relay teams AI-HP will coordinate and support a relay programme if:
• A relay team has the potential to run/or has achieved the standard set in the policy for a championship
• The potential panel must have a minimum of five(5) athletes that meet with the individual Relay Standards set (see tabs below)
• The relay panels for the 4x1 may consist of the individuals selected from the men’s and women’s 100m (primary), 200m, or hurdle events (secondary)
• The relay panels for the 4x4 may consist of the individuals selected from the men’s and women's 400 (primary) and/or long hurdle and 800m events (secondary)

Based on the number of potential athletes and the ability to achieve our High Performance goals AI-HP has identified the following key relays squads to support for 2018:
• Men’s 4x400m - Senior
• Men’s 4x100m - Senior
• Women’s 4x400m - Senior

• Women’s 4x100m - Senior

• Men's & Women's 4x400m - U20
• Men's & Women's 4x100m - U20

2018 Panel Selections
• To be added/considered to the relay panel for 2018 athletes will have to achieve the Relay Panel Standards (see chart below)
• Final championship relay selection policies and further details regarding the specific relays competitions can be found on the relay calender below

*Other relay panels may be named as a development intiative but may only recieve limited or no support.

For further information or queries regarding AI-HP relay initiatives please contact the High Performance Programme or the Relay Panel age group Coach.

2018 Calendar

Tentative List of Relay Opportunties... To Be Updated

Sr IAAF World Indoors March Birmingham, UK
Sr World Relays April Bahamas
Sr Loughborough International May Loughborough, UK
Jr/Sr IFAM Oordegem May Oordegem, Belgium
Sr Citius Bern June Bern, Switzerland
Sr AtletiCAGenève June Genève, Switzerland
Yth European Youth Championships | Relay Policy July Gyor, Hungary
Jr World U20 Championships July Tampere, Finland
Sr European Champs | Relay Policy Aug Berlin, Germany