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.