Announcing the 2020 'Beyond the Finish Line' Advocates Towards the end of last year, Triathlon Ireland began the search for our six 'Beyond the Finish Line' advocates. We received over 100 applicants from inspiring women around the country, so many that we had to increase the number of advocates in the programme to eight!The Triathlon Advocates are an important part of the final year of our "Equally Inspiring" Women in Sport Strategy, funded by Sport Ireland. In Triathlon Ireland's support of the 20x20 campaign, we have pledged to increase the number of women taking part in triathlon by 20% by the end of 2020, and the advocates are central to Triathlon Ireland's support of this exciting campaign.who are the 'Beyond the Finish Line' Advocates?Throughout 2020, we will be following our eight advocates on their triathlon journey with regular training and coaching updates, and catching up with them at their races. Each advocate will be championing the sport of triathlon in their local club and community, sharing their story along the way. Keep an eye out for the advocates on the triathlon circuit this summer and if you see them, don't forget to go and say hello, they'd be delighted to have a chat!olivia mccartinTriathlon club: Athlone tcAge group: 45-49Olivia McCartin is a seasoned triathlete and Level 2 Triathlon Coach. An integral part of her club in Athlone, Olivia helped set up their thriving junior section two years ago and enjoys her work as a club coach. Olivia has a busy season planned out for 2020 and will be taking on IRONMAN Lanzarote as well as the BMW Duathlon & Triathlon National Series.fiona O'DonnellTriathlon Club: West cork tCAge Group: 35-39West Cork Triathlon Club's Fiona O'Donnell is a mum of three who works as a performance nutritionist. In 2009 Fiona was diagnosed with kidney disease and subsequently had a transplant in 2017. Returning to the sport a couple of years later, 2020 will be a big year for Fiona as she takes on her first long distance triathlon at IRONMAN Barcelona in October. Fiona is looking forward to fostering a supportive environment for women who would like to take on their first triathlon in her community.Claire tynantriathlon club: Belpark TCAge group: 30-34Claire Tynan is at the start of her triathlon journey, having completed her first triathlon at the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon last year. A member of Waterford Triathlon Club last year, Claire moved to Dublin in January as part of her work as a junior doctor and has now joined Belpark Triathlon Club.amy o'KeeffeTriathlon Club: Cork TCAge group: 25-29A regular on BMW Triathlon National Series podiums around the country, and one of the country's top female triathletes, Cork Triathlon Club's Amy O'Keeffe is one to watch in 2020. Amy is passionate about all things triathlon and loves the community aspect of the sport and how triathletes support one another. We look forward to following Amy's journey for the BMW Triathlon National Series title in 2020, having been third and second in 2018 and 2019 respectively.roisin dunneTriathlon Club: Trilogy TCAge group: 20-24Roisin Dunne is from PortLaoise and is a member of Trilogy Triathlon Club. Starting the sport as a teenager, Roisin kept training throughout her college years at Athlone IT while studying Athletic Therapy & Rehabilitation. Roisin teaches Pilates in addition to her work as an Athletic Therapist, and takes her Trilogy Triathlon Clubmates through their paces once a week. In 2020, Roisin hopes to tackle more standard distance triathlons, take part in the BMW Triathlon National Series and is looking forward to encouraging more women to join the triathlon community.máire-tríona KeaneTriathlon club: Tullamore TCAge Group: 40-44Máire Triona Keane will be a familiar face to many, having stood on many national podiums over the years, as well as representing Ireland at international Age Group level. A mum of two, Máire Triona is an Irish and French teacher, and a member of Tullamore Triathlon Club. Máire Tríona is looking forward to sharing "the benefits triathlon provides me and to encourage other women, mums in particular, to take time for themselves to get fit, to keep fit, to train, to consider challenging themselves to triathlon, duathlon or both!"Ellen ryanTriathlon Club: Tritanium TCAge Group: 25-29Taking part in triathlon for the past three years, Ellen Ryan is a member of west Dublin-based Tritanium Triathlon Club. An adventure seeker, Ellen first got into triathlon having been encouraged to do so while climbing Kilimanjaro with some triathletes! As a triathlete who is deaf, Ellen hopes to encourage and help others who have disabilities to enjoy and love triathlon as much as she does. As well as taking part in this year's BMW Triathlon National Series, Ellen is hoping to focus on middle distance racing in 2020.diane cordnerTriathlon Club: Lisburn TCAge Group: 50-54Diane Cordner from Co. Down was a keen triathlon spectator for a number of years before giving it a go herself in 2018. The Lisburn Triathlon Club member has since gone on to place second in her age group in the BMW Duathlon National Series and will represent Ireland as an International Age Group Athlete at the ITU World Duathlon Championships in September. As an advocate Diane is looking forward to "helping to spread the message about this fantastic sport! Being able to help and encourage others on their own particular journey and to offer support, guidance and advice to other athletes."Meet the advocatesKeep an eye on our website and social media over the next week as we find out a bit more about our advocates and their plans for 2020!