One of our finest ever athletes, Steph Creaner, has decided to retire following a long and glittering career.
Steph became a member almost 20 years ago as a nine-year old and joined in general club activity including relays, high jump, long jump and cross country. She began to show exceptional speed as a young teenager and concentrated on sprinting to great effect – including winning her first ever all Ireland sprint.
Her competitive record is superb! She won her age group 200M under 15/16/17/18/19 both indoors and outdoors, often setting new national and club records and frequently doubling up with the shorter sprint. Displaying superb bend running technique she became a 200M specialist and won the Irish Junior 200M indoors and outdoors three times in addition to the under 23 titles indoor and outdoor twice. Additionally, she has contributed to national junior and u23 4x100m records.
Steph won the last National Senior Indoor 200M championship to be held in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. In addition to these achievements she won schools, Celtic games and university titles and contributed to many successful relay teams.
International honours came thick and fast and Steph represented Ireland at the Celtic Games, winning a treble, Schools Internationals, World Junior, European Junior, European u23 and Senior World and European Championships. The pinnacle of her career may have been representing Ireland at the World Senior relay championships in the Bahamas where the team finished a credible 5th in a national record time.
While Steph will not be around to compete in the future her performances will stand the test of time and her 23.82 indoor best (6th Irish all time), and 23.72 outdoor (19th Irish all time) speak for themselves.
We wish Steph all the very best of luck in her future career!