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Meet Our Coaches: Mick Macken


Mick has been involved in Triathlon since 1988, when he began by completing the Dublin City Millennium Triathlon in July ‘88, and just two weeks later, the NCF All Ireland Middle Distance Triathlon in Rosses Point, Sligo.
Mick spent a few years racing with The Hole in the Wall Triathlon Club in Dublin where initially his participation in Triathlon as a sport was just a bit of fun and running was his main focus.  It wasn’t long, however, before he caught the Triathlon bug and both training and racing became more serious. Mick had his first major success in 2003 when he won the National Veterans Championship in Ballyronan. The year 2004 saw the introduction of age group competition, and since then Mick has won 40 gold age group medals in Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathon in both Championships and National Series and across all distances. Mick has completed 6 Ironman distance events since his inaugural Ironman race in Benone Beach in Derry in 2000 and he took the Gold Medal in the World Police and Fire Games Olympic Distance Triathlon in Belfast in 2013 where he set an 0-50 W.P.F.G record which still stands today. 

Feeling that his experience and knowledge in the sport was something he would love to share to help others achieve their goals across the three disciplines, Mick made the move to become a Triathlon Coach a number of years ago. He currently holds I.T.U. Level 1 and 2 Coaching Certification, and he is also a Sport Ireland and Triathlon Ireland Level 2 Coach Tutor. In 2018, Mick was awarded the very prestigious Triathlon Ireland Coach of the Year award. 

As a founder member of Athlone Triathlon Club, and now the Honorary President and Head Coach, Mick is an intrinsic part of all club life and is at the heart of every training session, club event, committee meeting and social gathering. And while being a serious competitor and very thorough and conscientious coach, he always ensures that everyone involved in ATC, from Juniors to Seniors, are having fun and enjoying the sport. 

As a club, we are incredibly grateful to have such a high calibre athlete coaching, guiding and supporting us. A truly inspiring role model, a passionate leader and an unwavering club advocate; we are lucky to call you both friend and clubmate. 

Thank you Mick 🌟

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