Phil Healy

Ireland’s Fastest Woman

  • Cork Woman: 23-year-old Phil is originally from Ballineen, in West Cork is Ireland’s fastest woman.
  • Ireland’s Fastest Woman: The sprinter set a new Irish Record of 11.28 in June 2018, she followed this up by setting a new 200m record of 22.99 in July 2018.
  • Driven: Determined and resilient she has bounced back from challenges to assert herself as a truly world class athlete in 2018
  • Going Viral: Known for her gutsy attitude to racing a video of Phil winning the final leg of the 4 x 400 metre Irish University Championships in 2016 went viral around the world as the ‘ultimate come back’.
  • Stem: A Waterford Institute of Technology Scholarship athlete, she is currently studying a master’s in Enterprise Computer Software

Key Achievements

  • European Athletics Championships 2018, semi-finalist 100m & 200m and member of 4x100m team who set a new Irish Record.
  • Set a new Irish 200m Record of 22.99 on the 16th of July 2018
  • Set a new Irish 100m Record  of 11.28 on the 6th of June 2018
  • 11th in the 400m World Indoor Athletics Championships, March 2018
  • Produced a world class performance at the International Vienna Indoor Gala meet winning the 400m in a world lead time of 52.08.
  • 200m World University Games Finalist in 2017.

About Phil Healy

Phil Healy is an Irish International sprinter specialising in the 400m. Her sister Joan Healy is also an international sprinter. Phil grow up in Ballineen, West Cork and studied nursing in University College Cork before making the decision to change to Computer Technology. The Cork woman is currently on scholarship in Waterford Institute of Technology, studying a master’s in enterprise computer software. Having her full-time base in Waterford has enabled her coach Shane McCormack, to oversee all her session with positive results.

2018 so far has been a breakthrough season for Phil she produced a world class performance at the International Vienna Indoor Gala meet, winning the 400m in 52.08 in a world lead time, International 400m in January 2018, which saw her named as European Athlete of the Month, Irish Times Sportswoman of the month and Pundit Area female athlete of the month.

She started her 2018 outdoor season by breaking the Irish University 100m and 200m records. She has followed this up running some exceptional wind assisted times over 100m which were inside the Irish Record. Her target for 2018 is the European Athletics Championships which take place in Berlin, from the 7-12th August. Her long-term goal is focused on becoming a first time Olympian for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

In 2016 Phil Healy shot to fame when a video of her comeback on the final leg of a 4x400m at the Irish University Championships went viral around the world. This was Healy’s first step into the 400m distance having up to then, competed in the 100m and 200m sprint distances and displayed the gritty performance approach of Phil to competition. The performance and commentary received worldwide coverage from Australia to America with the Washington Post and ESPN covering the story. The YouTube clip has more than 3.3 million views

Phil had a multi-sport approach in her early year, she followed after her older sister into athletics, but she also played football/ camogie up to 16 years old. Her athletics talent shone through much later and she enjoyed it more for the social aspect than competitiveness in the early days. In 5th year of school, she focused fully on athletics and won my first All-Irelands that summer, reached All Ireland schools for the first time, and made the schools international team.

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