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Ciara Mageean secures lucrative sponsorship deal

Ciara Mageean
Mageean won a World Junior silver medal in 2010

Ciara Mageean has secured the most lucrative sponsorship deal in the history of Irish junior athletics.

Mageean has been snapped up by American sportswear giants New Balance in a six-figure deal which will run for three years, with the option of a fourth.

The agreement will provide the County Down teenager with flights to and from all competitions, warm weather training and all training gear.

The Portaferry girl won 1500m silver at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Ciara Mageean secures a three-figure sponsorship deal with an American sportswear giant

The deal ends speculation that the 18-year-old would take up the offer of an NCAA colleges sponsorship deal in the USA.

Mageean turned down numerous NCAA college scholarships and other shoe company offers following a brilliant 2010 season.

In addition to the World Junior silver medal in Canada, Mageean finished 10th at the Commonwealth Games in India.

She is an Irish junior record holder in the 800m and 1500m, breaking records previously held by Irish Olympic silver medallist and world champion Sonia O'Sullivan.

Mageean will compete at the New Balance Games in New York on 22 January.

see also
Mageean seventh in European Cross
12 Dec 10 |  Athletics
Mageean aiming for another medal
07 Dec 10 |  Athletics
Mageean wins Inter-Counties title
28 Nov 10 |  Athletics
AAI honour Mageean and Christie
14 Nov 10 |  Athletics
Mageean won't fear Delhi rivals
03 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Mageean set to run 1500 in Delhi
04 Aug 10 |  Athletics
Mageean second in Junior final
25 Jul 10 |  Athletics
Mageean leaning towards gap year
15 Jun 10 |  Athletics
Marvel Mageean
08 Dec 09 |  Athletics

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