Brendan Boyce

IRISH RACE WALKER

FOCUSED – DETERMINED – ARTICULATE – INSPIRATIONAL
Brendan Boyce was born and raised in Milford, County Donegal. The youngest of seven children in an athletics household, Brendan was a keen sportsperson from a very young age and won his first silver All-Ireland national medal at the age of 7 at the U-8 60m sprint.

Brendan started race walking when he was 12 years of age and at his first ever All-Ireland Nationals Competition he finished 6th. Brendan continued his training in race walking and other various sports and holds All-Ireland medals in cross country, volleyball, table tennis and race walking.

After completing his leaving certificate, Brendan went onto study Physiology and Health Science in Carlow Institute of Technology. He focused hard on his third level studies and attained a Higher Certificate as well as earning a place to study physiotherapy at the University of Coventry, UK.

At the age of 20, Brendan moved to Coventry where he was introduced to Andi Drake (National Race Walking Coach UK) who reignited his passion for athletics and in 2008 continued a more rigorous training schedule whilst studying a degree in Sports Performance at Leeds Metropolitan University.

In the summer of 2011 Brendan graduated with an Honors degree in Sport Performance and three months later achieved his dream of qualifying for the Olympics taking place following year.

After his historic performance in London (finishing 26th) at the 2012 Olympics, Brendan began to work with Rob Heffernan (Former World Champion & Olympic Bronze Medallist) and made a strategic move to County Cork. Brendan trained under the guidance of Heffernan for the 2013 season and produced PB’s in four different categories including the 50km in Moscow at the World Championships where Brendan finished 25th.

2016 was a great year for Brendan’s athletic career where he placed 19th in the Rio Olympic Games. Brendan then went on to finish 6th in the World Championships in Doha in 2019 and qualified for Tokyo 2020.

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IN THE MEDIA

Welcome to my world: Brendan Boyce walks on as everyone else joins in
Not many athletes can describe a lockdown in a time of a global pandemic as perfectly mimicking their normal training routine: seeing only the people you live with; having your whereabouts questioned; lots of walking within a 2km radius. For Donegal race-walker Brendan Boyce it also offers some gentle amusement in the face of something as serious as Covid-19.
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I’m Not Walking For The Craic
Ireland’s race walking Olympian, Brendan Boyce, on his life long chase for medals and how his training relationship with Rob Heffernan has brought him to new heights in his sport. Four of us went from playing at lunchtime to going on to being All-Ireland champions. That kind of competitive environment can breed success. No one wants to be outside during the winter and the school had just got a new table tennis table. All of a sudden everyone wanted to play table tennis.
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IN THE MEDIA

The Saturday Panel // Off The Ball

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IN THE MEDIA

Dare to Believe Athletes // RTÉ After School Hub Winter Olympics

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