The Next Generation - Sean Doggett

February 21, 2024

We return to the West of Ireland for the latest instalment of The Next Generation series as we highlight a young prospect emerging from Athenry AC, Sean Doggett. 

Coached under the guidance of Iain Shaw and his father Stephen Doggett, with additional sprint work carried out by South Galway AC coach Jim Phelan, the 17-year-old has entered 2024 off the back of a successful 2023 campaign which saw him pick up medals across the board.

Last year, he clinched a team bronze while representing Ireland in the schools combined events, in what would turn out to be a breakthrough year for the young athlete.

Sean's prowess came to the fore in 2023 as he claimed the title of U18 800m National Indoor and Outdoor Champion, solidifying his position as one of Ireland's most promising middle-distance runners. His dedication to the 400m event was evident as he secured victories in the U18 400m Outdoor Connacht and National Championships, establishing himself as a force in both disciplines.

Sean's achievements extended beyond the Irish borders as he earned the honor of donning the green vest at international competitions. He competed in the AAA Championships in Birmingham for both the 400m and 800m events. Additionally, he participated in the schools combined events in Cardiff, demonstrating his versatility across different track and field disciplines.

One of the most impressive feats of Sean's burgeoning career was being selected for the Irish U20 relay squad for the Euro U20’s in Jerusalem, albeit as a non-travelling reserve. What made this accomplishment particularly remarkable was that Sean had only run his first-ever 400m race in June 2023. This speaks volumes about his rapid progression and the confidence the national selectors have in his potential.

As the calendar turned to 2024, Sean Doggett continued his 2023 form, securing a commendable 3rd place at the Indoor National Juniors in the 400m event, showcasing his consistency and determination. Furthermore, Sean's talent was recognised on an international level as he was selected for the extended 4x400m squad for the World U20’s in Peru, with a clear goal in mind - to make it to the final five.

Looking ahead, Doggett has set ambitious yet attainable goals for himself. In the short term, he aims to clinch the U19 Indoor and Outdoor National Titles, and on the long-term horizon, Sean's eyes are set on the U20 European 400m in 2025, a stage that promises to be a significant milestone in his already flourishing career.

With the success achieved within the last 18 months alone, Sean Doggett has set himself up for a bright future and one which Run Republic look forward to tracking every step of the way!

Featured Image: GMU Photography.