Irish sprinter Phil Healy has become the newest addition to the WIT sport scholarship team, having been offered an MA in Enterprise Computer Software
International sprinter Phil Healy is set to receive Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) highest sport scholarship, the “Elite Sport Scholarship” when she begins her Masters in Enterprise Computer Software this September.
As a recipient of the Elite Sport Scholarship, Phil will receive financial aid towards her Masters, strength & conditioning training, free access to the new WIT Arena and a host of training.
Each year WIT provide up to 80 sport scholarships to students for their contribution to their sport, which aims to help the development of the athlete in both their sporting and academic career.
As a scholarship recipient, Phil will train with the WIT Athletics Club and continue to train under her coach, Shane McCormack, who is also the Development Officer with the WIT Athletics Club.
Looking to the near future, Phil hopes she can use the scholarship to her advantage when it comes to the European Outdoors in Berlin.
The Cork native went viral in 2016 while she ran in a national varsity 4x400m for her impressive finish. You can view the video here.
Phil recently visited the college and the WIT Arena for the first time, to view the facilities she will use for the upcoming year, “The facilities were unreal. The High-Performance gym really grabbed my attention. To be able to do my gym session, in such a good environment, quiet away from the public gym, no waiting around and having all the equipment on hand that I need, is more than I could ask for.”
With more than €20m invested in the new sports complex, Phil and the other scholarship students have free access to the “Edge Gym”, a high performance gym, an outdoor running track and classes such as boxercise, High Intensity Training (HIT) and spinning.
As an athlete, Phil is conscious of the necessity to find a balance between her sporting career and college work, “It can be hard at times. I'd leave my house for a 9am lecture, with my lunch, snacks, and training gear and I wouldn’t return until 8/9 that night. I'd go to all my lectures, and then during the break or end of the day, I'd head to training, get my sessions in and back to college again to finish off work and assignments.”
A warm welcome
WIT are thrilled to offer Phil the scholarship, with sport scholarship coordinator Alan Malone saying, “We are delighted Phil has chosen to come to WIT to continue her education in what is an exciting time for her. To be able to attract athletes of Phil's calibre to the institute, it is important that not only have we the highest academic standards but also the sports facilities and personnel to support their needs.”
Among Phil’s achievements are;
- Multiple National titles from junior, U23 and senior indoor and outdoor
- Current indoor senior 400m champion
- 2016 senior 60m/200m champion
- 2014 senior 100m champion
- Irish record holder U23 60m, Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) 60m, 200m, 400m
- 2013 4th European Junior 100m
- 2014 Qualified for the senior European championships, member of 4x100 relay team that broke Irish record.
- 2015 Qualified for the u23 European championships, member of u23 4x100 relay team that broke Irish record.
- 2016 Qualified for the senior European championships, member of both 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.
- 2017 Qualified for the senior European indoor championships over 60m and 400m. Semi-finalist in the 60m.
- Qualified for the 2017 World University Games in Taipei over 200m
- Statistically is Ireland's fastest athlete ever with her times over 60,100,200 and 400.