With the ongoing restrictions LSA members are unable to meet for training. Whilst some of our older training groups continued to follow their training plans on their own, we wanted to do something to unite all our juvenile athletes and coaches. The virtual challenge format provided by Athletics Ireland, with our own Olympic 2021 spin, gave us the ideal platform to do this with our “Three Week Olympic Challenge”. LSA was honoured that the CEO of Sport Ireland, sporting legend John Treacy, Silver medallist in the 1984 Olympic Marathon, took the time to introduce the challenge to our juvenile athletes.The challenge involved our 64 Juvenile members, ranging in age from 7 to 17. The idea was to form eight teams of eight and to mix athletes from different age groups and abilities. A coach and a team “country” was assigned to each team. Over three weeks we assigned three “events” for athletes to do in their own time, and asked parents to send the results to their team coach: Speed Bounce, 60m sprint and 300m time trial.We were very fortunate to be able to set up a temporary “race track” in the local area where athletes could run in their own time and record their results.Team coaches encouraged their eight athletes with advice and tips throughout the three weeks. The challenge was less about the competition and more about getting to know each other across the juvenile section: athletes, coaches and parents. It really delivered on that front and was a very rewarding experience. The many photos and videos we have from the three weeks are testament to that. Thanks to all the team coaches who were fantastic throughout and to the athletes who really embraced the whole spirit.“The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.” Olympic Creed. For more information on any of our programmes, or If you have any questions, please email email@example.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook - Search “LSA”.