Eimear picks up Triathlon honour

Eimear Mullan.
Eimear Mullan.
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Middle and Long Distance Triathlete Eimear Mullan has been named Triathlete of the Year at the Triathlon Ireland Awards Evening held in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday evening.

The Portstewart triathlete had a sensational year which saw her claim victories at Challenge Rimini, Ironman UK 70.3, Embrunman, Ironman Mallorca and Challenge Sardinia, along with a whole host of podium placings.

Mullan was also a member of the Northern Irish team at the Commonwealth Games Mixed Team Relay where she helped Team NI to a 6th place finish.

Speaking at the event Mullan said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this award. I started racing professionally in 2011 and committed to full time training in 2013, so to be voted the athlete of the year is amazing for me.

“With the extra recovery time I’ve made some great progress this year and I want to make another step forward in 2015.”

Other big winners on the night were Tomasz Gagola and Carolyn Hayes overall winners of the Vodafone National Series. Speaking at the event, Triathlon Ireland CEO Chris Kitchen said: “It’s been another fantastic year for triathlon in Ireland both from a participation and elite perspective and we’re delighted to report a 14% growth in membership in 2014.

“Not only do we have great athletes but we also have a highly active club base and some of the best places to race in the world, all helping to make Ireland one of the top Triathlon Nations in the world per capita.