Eilish McColgan

Eilish worked on Sport England’s Sporting Champions programme, raising the aspirations of young people in sport. She has also worked with several initiatives in Scotland bringing athletics workshops into schools and enforcing what means to have a healthy mind and healthy lifestyle. The main topics were centred around ‘Positive Mind’, ‘Healthy Eating’ and ‘What it takes to become a Sporting Champion’.



Eilish started athletics in her final year at primary school, initially, taking part in all sports – athletics was the one that stood out for her.

Both of Eilish’s parents were international athletes and her mother now coaches her and sets her day-to-day program.

As a youth, Eilish initially started with the 800m then quickly moved up throughout the distances before taking up the steeplechase in 2011.

Eilish qualified to represent Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by winning the British trials in a time of  nine mins 56.90 secs and she was the only British athlete to achieve the “A” qualifying standard. She competed for the GB team in the women’s 3000 mtrs steeplechase at London 201.2

Eilish studied Maths and Accountancy at Dundee University and is now living part-time in Loughborough and a few months of the year, she is based out in Kenya on training camps alongside UK Athletics.

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Meeting a World-class athlete like Eilish, was an inspirational opportunity for each of the youngsters who attended the Cumbria School Games, she connected excellently with the youngsters and inspired them to carry on playing sport regularly in their communities and school.

Emma Broadbent, Cumbria School Games


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