26-year-old, Ciara Mageean hails from Portaferry, County Down and competes in the 800m and the 1500m.
Ciara showed real talented from a young age, breaking Sonia O’Sulliavan’s underage records and winning silver in the 800m at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Sudtirol, Italy in 2009. She won a silver in the 1500 metres final at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada in 2010. She followed this up with success as a Junior competing in the 1500m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She took silver at the European Junior Track & Field Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, 2011.
Injury cruelly interrupted her blossoming career in 2012 and she was diagnosed as a Calcaneal Spur on her left ankle, an injury that eventually required surgery and lengthy rehab. She was unable to compete or train over a two-year period, but she preserved and came back after surgery stronger than ever!
Early in 2016 Mageean set a new Irish indoor 1500m 4.08.66 and mile record 4.28.40. At the European Athletics Championships in July of that year, Ciara won a bronze medal becoming the third ever Irish woman ever to medal at the championships. She made her Olympic debut in August 2016 in Rio, making it to the semi-final stages.
After a challenging 2017 track season Ciara made the decision to move to the UK to be part of Team New Balance, Manchester, a professional running team based in South Manchester under the guidance of coach Steve Vernon. The team comprises of a select group of elite runners, including Team Great Britain, Olympian Ross Millington and Anna Silvander, a Swedish International middle-distance athlete.
In August 2018 Mageean produced a magnificent performance in the 1500m final, narrowly missing the podium when finishing in fourth place at the European Athletics Championships. She claimed a 800m & 1500m double at the National Championships, the first female athlete to complete that double since Sonia O’Sullivan in 2000.Earlier in the year she was also a Commonwealth finalist in the 800m & 1500m.
Ciara qualified is a physiotherapist having studied in UCD over the last number of years. She had always had equal focus on her academics and athletics career as she is aware she can’t be a runner for the rest of her life and she is very passionate about physiotherapy. Ciara also has a passion for camogie, it was her first love. She always has a hurl and sliotar in the boot as she finds having a puck about is a good way to relax.
An advocate for giving girls equal opportunities to take part in and enjoy sport and is a real supporter of all women pursuing excellence whether it be the national game or on the International stage. A firm believer that movement is the key to life Ciara’s mantra is to find an activity you enjoy and to get out and get active!