Double European Bronze 1500m Medallist & World Finalist
Going the Distance: 28-year-old Ciara Mageean, hails from Portaferry, County Down is a middle distance International athlete competing in the 800m and 1500m.
Double European Medalist & World Finalist: In 2019 Ciara won a European bronze medal in the 1500m at the European Indoor Championships. She followed this up with a world final in Doha finishing 10th in a new personal best of 4:00.15, becoming the first Irish woman to make a final since Sonia O’Sullivan in 1997. In 2016, after coming back from a severe ankle injury when she unable to compete or train over a two-year period, she showed her resilience by making a come back and securing a historic European bronze medal in the 1500m.
Health and Well-Being: Qualified from UCD as a physiotherapist in 2017, Ciara is passionate about movement and it’s benefits for all regardless of age, gender or ability. While running is her first love, she loved playing Camogie in her teens and still keeps a hurl in her boot at all times.
Mental Toughness: Paul Kimmage previously referred to Ciara as Tough of the Track while in interview with Newstalk’s Joe Molloy she provided a fascinating insight into the growth of mental fortitude on the track.
Irish Spirit: Ciara’s post race interviews from the World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019 captured the nation’s heart with Ciara’s positive attitude and honesty shining through.
Women in Sport: 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.