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 Tallin, 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!
At the European Athletics Championships in 2016, 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.
In August, she set a new personal best in the 1500m of 4:01.46 at the Diamond League in Paris. The result moved Mageean up to second on the Irish all-time list, behind Sonia O’Sullivan.Early in 2016 Mageean set a new Irish indoor 1500m 4.08.66 and mile record 4.28.40
Ciara has recently qualified as a physiotherapist having studied in UCD over the last number of years. She has 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 puc about is a good way to relax.
Ciara in the Media
Irish Times: Ireland’s Ciara Mageean wins bronze at European Championships: So close to silver – joins Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke on European podium
Irish Independent VIDEO: Epic final straight from Ireland’s Ciara Mageean earns European Championships bronze medal