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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

LEVEL COMPETITION / POLICY DATE VENUE
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