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Atlas Europa Track Club

Est: 2015

Motto: “Victoria Est In”

Achievements: In our short History we have had our athletes compete at numerous International Competitions ranging form the small Island Games to the European Team Championships setting a number of National records along the way. We have also competed at the Masters level at World and European championships both in and outdoors.

Active Members: 15 ages 12-52

Atlas Europa Track Club is a small athletics team with a focus on sprints 100m – 400m. The club’s philosophy is to provide specialised training over a small range of events and to maintain low coach to athlete ratios. Our Ethos is to encourage athletes to fulfil their potential and enjoy the process of self-improvement. Whilst we aim to produce athletes capable of representing Gibraltar at the highest possible level and above all else our goal is to wear the National team colours, we are open to athletes of all levels and abilities who are willing to work hard in order to better themselves as athletes and individuals.

We are in favour of collaboration between all members of the Gibraltar Athletics fraternity as we believe that more can be achieved when Gibraltar’s limited resources are pooled for the common good.

As head coach of Atlas Europa and supporter of Gibraltar Athletics, my aim is the establishment of an Athletics Academy in Gibraltar where, athletes can train for and hopefully compete in numerous disciplines under the guidance of specialist coaches. Due to Gibraltar’s small size I favour a national development system vs a club biased one and this is my long term goal.

For those who share Atlas’s philosophy and want to form a part of our coaching team or join as an athlete please contact via details below.

Liam Byrne

Tel: +350 54011262

Email: liamcbyrne@hotmail.com

Calpeans Athletics Club

Est: 1954

The oldest athletics club in Gibraltar Calpeans AC was founded at the Calpe Rowing Club in 1954 by Mr Charles Flower MBE, BEM, GMD, and Mr Ernest De Torres Snr. Mr Flower was the first Gibraltar athlete to represent Gibraltar internationally in the 440yds at the 1958 Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff, UK. Calpeans AC have won the Gibraltar Road Racing League on 30 occasions 18 consecutively, making Calpeans AC the most successful sports club in Gibraltar’s sporting history. The club continues to participate in the Gibraltar road racing league and track races with the occasional race in neighbouring Spain. The club colours are red and white with an Olympic flame and laurel wreath logo.

For information on the club and training contact: Mr Neil Perera (Team Captain) or Mr Juri Williamson (Team Manager): calpeans.athletics.club@gmail.com

Carpe Diem Running Club

Est: 2019

Whether you’re the tortoise or the hare or anything in between, if you want a social running club, Carpe Diem is for you!

We are a friendly bunch of all ages, abilities and nationalities, who train several times a week. We do various types of training where every ability is included. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and everyone is welcome.

For more information on becoming a member of this fantastic club, visit https://carpediemgibraltar.com/

Lourdians Athletics Club

Est: 1964

Motto: “Nulli Secundus” (Translated “Second to None”)

History of the club:

Lourdians Athletics Club was founded in 1964 shortly after both Hector Romero BEM and Douglas Rodriguez left Our Lady of Lourdes School in 1963 of whom the former is still active today as one of the local club’s coaches as well as the GAAA National Team Head Coach. Hector Romero BEM is considered the face of Lourdians AC due to his unquestionable passion and dedication for the sport following more than half a century of commitment to the club as an athlete, coach, mentor and above all an example to all past and existing athletes. Some of his lifelong career achievements include the following:

  • Winning a number of local Track/Road Racing Leagues
  • Winning the Gibraltar Marathon on 3 occasions
  • Representing Gibraltar in a number of International Competitions
  • Selected as GAAA National Team Head Coach in 1985
  • Awarded the Governor’s Certificate of Honour in 1992
  • Awarded the European Coach of the Year Award in 2012
  • Awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2013

The club started off recruiting local runners and competed mostly locally in Road Racing leagues until eventually becoming the first and only local athletics club to have competed abroad in Tangier in 1967. This build-up of competition continued to spread out to the likes of Spain and Portugal both in Road and Track & Field events which continue to be a common theme today for our junior and senior athletes. Nowadays Lourdians AC frequently compete locally in a host of events including the yearly GAAA “Rock Runners” League, Youth Road Runners League, Winter & Summer Youth Track League and so much more catering for all ages.

Achievements:

In our over 55-year history we have had a vast number of athletes proudly wear the Gibraltar vest and compete internationally at various top tier competitions such as the Island Games (where many records and medals have been achieved); Youth and Senior Commonwealth Games; World Youth, Junior and Senior Championships; European Youth, Junior and Senior Championships and the list just goes on and on. Lourdians AC are also proud to have had among their ranks the first Gibraltarian woman to have taken part internationally in the Commonwealth Games back in 1970 at Edinburgh, Scotland.

We are proud to boast the fact that the majority of Gibraltar’s current Track and Field official National Records belong to an active or ex Lourdians AC athlete across all age categories both at Indoors and Outdoors respectively. Some of these records have now stood for almost 40 years since they were last established, further cementing the standards and benchmark our athletes have been putting into place throughout the years for our up-and-coming younger generations to try to push for in years to come.

Training involved:

Lourdians AC coach children from the age of 6 and upwards with no limit whatsoever. We regularly train at the Victoria Stadium track and at our current club facility with gym behind the Youth Centre located in Line Wall Road. The club every year have between 130 to 200 athletes registered where we pride ourselves as a huge family organisation.

We offer a number of training plans ranging from Road Racing endurance training (focusing more on long distance runners) to Sprint training on the track combined with strength & conditioning work more tailored for our shorter distance athletes. We also provide Field Events training such as Long jump, Hurdles, Shot put, and High jump.

The club’s coaching system is split up in different groups starting with our Grass Roots for kids aged 6 and 7 years old. We then have our Youth Academy consisting of children aged 8 to 12 years. Following from this we have our Teenage Youth Setup aged 13 to 15 and last but not least we have our Senior training group where breakthrough Under 18 athletes are also welcome (minimum 15 years of age).

Both our junior and senior runners use our club facility as a meeting point on certain days. The juniors have detailed training programmes and use the gym and weight facilities for much needed core work. We aim our training methods to try and achieve standard timings and performances for upcoming major competitions as well as try to compete in as many Track and Field events as we can abroad. We also attend friendly Athletics meetings for all ages with our neighbours in the La Linea Athletics Club.

The emphasis we strive to give is for our Lourdians AC Youth Academy to slowly but surely progress in the children’s fitness while at the same time making the sport a fun environment giving the children confidence to grow as individuals and believe in themselves no matter their ability.

In total we are seven coaches who give up their spare time to develop the sport of Athletics locally and pass on our knowledge and experience gained from different backgrounds. Our Grass Roots and Youth Academy has been established for over 20 years now and is growing in numbers every year.

Above everything, we have great respect to all who practice and enjoy athletics and our main philosophy is not about winning but rather taking part.

Contact Information:

If you would like more information, kindly get in contact with any of the following:

Hector Romero (Road Racing Endurance Training) – hector.romero48@icloud.com | +35054016155
Roy Torres (Grass Roots for kids) – roytorres71@hotmail.com | +35054029173
Sharron Celecia (Youth Academy) – seljosh@gibtelecom.net | +35054012640
Avelino Baldachino (Teenage Youth Setup) – avelinobaldachino@hotmail.com | +35054004018
Jerai Torres (Senior Sprint Training Group) – jerai.torres94@hotmail.com | +35054013323

Contact Information:

If you would like more information, kindly get in contact with any of the following:

Hector Romero (Road Racing Endurance Training)
hector.romero48@icloud.com | +35054016155

Roy Torres (Grass Roots for kids)
roytorres71@hotmail.com
| +35054029173

Sharron Celecia (Youth Academy)
seljosh@gibtelecom.net
| +35054012640

Avelino Baldachino (Teenage Youth Setup)
avelinobaldachino@hotmail.com
| +35054004018

Jerai Torres (Senior Sprint Training Group)
jerai.torres94@hotmail.com
| +35054013323

If you would like your club to be affiliated, please visit the “Official Information” page for further details.

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