Below is an excerpt from the up and coming Australian Athlete Magazine, due to be released December, 2019. A jam-packed magazine, the ideal Christmas present or summer reading material. To secure your mag order now HERE


In April 2019, Irish-born Australian Sinead Diver, moved to third on the Aussie women’s all-time list after finishing seventh at the London Marathon with a time of 2:24:11. This time was also a 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier and the fastest time by an Australian in 12 years. The only Australian women to have run quicker are Benita Willis and Lisa Ondieki. We caught up with Sinead for a flash interview.



  • Coach: Nic Bideau
  • High school: Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, Ireland
  • Favourite event: The marathon
  • Personal bests: 5k 15:23; 10k 31:25, half marathon 68:55, marathon 2:24:11.
  • Long term goals: Race in the marathon at the Olympics. Improve my half-marathon & marathon PBs.

Quotes from the interview:

On training with Nic Bideau and the Melbourne Track Club:  “It’s a privilege to train with athletes that are so driven & focussed and put everything into their career. The environment that Nic has set up gives us every opportunity to succeed.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 23: Sinead Diver competes in the women’s 5000m during the Sydney Track Classic at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on February 23, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)


On if her age of 42 is a hindrence:  “No not at all. From talking to other athletes, it seems to be more related to the number of years you’ve been in the sport rather than your actual age.”

Australian Sinead Diver took out the women’s race in 1:09:46


On training and mileage:  “I usually do around 160km. This increases to 180-190km when training for a marathon.”

Sinead Diver wins the 2018 Melbourne Marathon – Picture courtesy of Melbourne Marathon


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