We are extremely proud to share the news that UCC Engineering Graduate, Lizze Lee is to compete for Ireland in the marathon in the Rio Olympics. -
At some stage next Monday morning Lizzie Lee will get a phone call from Athletics Ireland telling her she’s going to the Rio Olympics. She’ll thank them kindly, quietly hang up the phone, then get back to work at her job with Apple in Cork.
Inside, however, she’s been trying to contain her wild excitement for the last eight months – or 239 days, to be exact. “Oh, I’ve been counting down the sleeps for weeks now,” she tells me, knowing, inside, that for those last eight months her marathon time has remained the fastest Irish women’s qualifier for Rio, and that her selection is now a formality.
“So yeah I’d certainly hope at this point that’s all enough, I’ve have ticked all the boxes, and it’s there, yeah, potentially, to be an Olympian. And that’s amazing.”