Colin Griffin is an Irish international athlete who represented Ireland at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 50km walk. He is the former Irish record holder for that distance. He is also a coach to some of Ireland’s top international athletes.
Colin comes from a sporting family. His mother Patricia competed for Ireland from 400m up to the marathon and was twice winner of the Dublin Mini Marathon. His father Padraig was team coach for the Irish team at the 1972 and 1980 Olympic Games. He was Director of Coaching for Athletics Ireland (formerly BLE) in the 1970’s and served as president of the association from 1991-1994.
He is co-founder and director of The Altitude Centre Ireland – which specialises in altitude training and simulated altitude technology. He proposed the idea for an Altitude House at the University of Limerick – the first residential altitude training facility in the UK and Ireland, which was established in 2011.
Coaching interests include – performance, altitude training, biomechanics, physiology, metabolism, strength and conditioning, nutrition and injury rehabilitation.