Exciting Times for UCC Sports Scholarship student Phil Healy
At the end of march she travelled to Florida for a training/racing camp. It was a great opportunity to get quality sessions in, in the great weather. While there she achieved the standard required to compete at the European U23 championships in Estonia from July 9-12th. Healy ran within the qualification standard in Jacksonville.
On April 30th Phil travelled as part of the Irish team to the Bahamas for the World relays championships. That weekend she ran the anchoring leg in both the 4x200m and 4x100m relay. In the 4×200 Ireland finished in 5th place in the final, behind teams like Jamaica and Nigeria. In the process they set a new national record. In the 4x100m relay they were just one spot away from qualifying for the final.
This was an invaluable experience to anchor both relays at just 20yrs old on the world stage. The HPEA scholarship student will take a lot from this championships going into further major championships later this summer. Healy returned to Ireland on May 5th and commenced exams on May 6th. Tough going!!!
The next event for Phil will be this Sunday coming, where she will guest in the Leinster u23 championships. The following weekend see her travelling to geneva as part of the Irish team. There she will compete both individually but also taking up the anchoring leg for the 4x100m relay.
Two weeks later Phil will travel as part of the Irish team again, where they will compete at the European Team Championships in Crete. In their division Ireland are up against countries such a Switzerland, Belgium, and Turkey, where the top two countries will face promotion to the super league, for the following year.
After the euro team champs, it will come down to the final preparations for the European u23 championships in Estonia.
Exciting times for the Bandon native on the far right of our picture who has just completed 2nd Children’s and General Nursing.