Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Katie Kirk from Northern Ireland to declare for Ireland

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Katie Kirk from Northern Ireland to declare for Ireland

Katie Kirk is a middle distance athlete who has represented  Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 where she ran a personal best of 2:02.63 in the 800m. With that time only being 13th fastest in the British rankings for 2014, the 21 year old has now confirmed that she will declare for Ireland instead of Great Britain.

Her 2:02.63 time in 2014 would have been the 3rd fastest in the Irish rankings for that year. Rose-Anne Galligan and Laura Crowe were faster with 2:02.07 and 2:02.24 respectively.

Her PB would also put her in 9th place on the all time Irish list but at just 21 years old, her best times are yet to come. Once her passport is sorted out, she plans to take part in the European U23 championships next summer.


Anonymous said...

Why is she switching to ireland??

John Desmond said...

Just from a numbers point of view, she has a much better chance of making an Irish team. There would be a lot more competition to get on the GB team.