Eilidh Doyle

Olympic & Commonwealth Medallist

Plenary session: Closing Address

Eilidh became a qualified PE Teacher in 2008 and after working for 3 years in Scotland, she left teaching to pursue a full time career in athletics, relocating to Bath.  

After many years in the sport, she retired from athletics in June 2021 as a double Olympian and Scotland’s most decorated track and field athlete, having won 17 major championship medals throughout her career at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games Level. Predominately a 400m Hurdler, an event in which she was European Champion in 2014, she was also a regular member of the 4x400m relay squad and ran the first leg for the Olympic bronze medal winning team at Rio in 2016.  

Along with winning medals, her proudest moments have been representing her country as Team Captain of the British Athletics squad at the World Championships in London 2017 and becoming the first woman to carry the flag for Scotland at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.   

More recently she welcomed two sons into the world, Campbell was born at the start of 2020 and Lewis was born at the beginning of April 2022.  

Since retiring Eilidh has been exploring different areas of sport and business, looking at where the skills she learnt as an athlete can be transferable and where her knowledge and experiences are useful. She is currently a member of the Scottish Athletics board, an ambassador for The Eric Liddell 100 and the Daily Mile and more recently was involved with the World Indoor Athletics championships which were held in Glasgow, having a role as ambassador of the event and being part of the steering group.  

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