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Life & History
David is one of Ireland most successful sprint athletes. He stepped off the track in 2013 after a successful athletics career which included winning Ireland’s first sprint gold medal in 76 years when winning the European Indoor 400m championships in 2005. He went on to retained his title in 2009 and became an Olympian in 2008.
A major goal for David was to compete in a global 400m final, which had never been achieve by an Irish athlete. In 2009 he finishing 6th in the Berlin World Championships competing and beating some of the top 400m athletes. He is still holds both the indoor and outdoor Irish 400m records.
Post his athletics career he went from full time corporate employment to the celebrity MasterChef kitchen, and since has gone on to follow his passions of fitness, food and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
He has written two bestselling books, David Gillick’s Kitchen and more recently Back On Track, David’s 4 part plan to a healthy lifestyle, in which David talks openly and honestly about his struggles with mental health post a sporting career and the strategies he used in recovery.
David currently works in a number of areas, mainly corporate wellness and performance. Consulting and supporting organisations, teams and individuals in realising their potential and operating efficiently and effectively to achieve their respective goals.
Alongside this David is regular media contributor on both food and sport, working on various media platforms including TV, radio, online and print.
Passionate about Irish sport and the voice of the athlete, David is a member of the Olympic Federation Of Ireland’s Athlete Commission along with the High Performance committee of athletics Ireland and Sport Ireland Anti-doping committee.
He currently resides in Dublin with his wife Charlotte and two young kids, Oscar and Olivia.
European 400m Indoor Champion (Madrid 2007 & Birmingham 2007)
World 400m Finalist (6th, Berlin 2009)
2008 Beijing Olympian
Irish Outdoor and Indoor 400m record holder (44.77 & 45.52)
BSc Supply Chain Management, Dublin Institute of Technology (2002-2006)
MSc Sports Management, Loughborough University (2006-2009)
Certificate in Sport Psychology, IDAT (2017-2018)