Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ireland's David Gillick on retirement: 'I'm still raw emotionally'

David Gillick
David Gillick

Double European indoor 400m champion David Gillick has announced his retirement from competitive athletics at the age of 30.

The Ballinteer man holds the national record at the distance and is one of the best sprinters Ireland has ever produced.

Gillick claimed European indoor titles in 2005 in Madrid and 2007 in Birmingham but he has been plagued by injuries in recent years and has taken the decision to hang up his spikes.

He made the final of the 400m at the World Athletics Championships in 2009 in Berlin where he came in sixth.

“I regard myself as blessed to have had such a career. Yes, there were a few regrets but it took a lot of hard work to get where I did,” Gillick told Independent.ie.

“It’s important to me to give something back to the sport so I would really like to coach at some time in the future,” he revealed. “But not just yet because I am still a bit raw emotionally right now.

“When I was in Tallinn recently with a small periphery role with the Irish 4x400m there were times I really wanted to be out on the track still.

“You need to put that aside if you are to become a good coach,” he stressed. “But, in future, I would definitely like to do some coaching and would get my coaching qualifications to attain credibility for that too.”

Here's his victory in Birmingham in 2007:

The news comes in the wake of the retirement of former World indoor champion Derval O'Rourke last week.

In recent months Gillick has returned to GAA and is currently playing in the Dublin championship with Ballinteer St John's.

Here's the evidence:

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