About David

Affable, likeable…but determined, David will put you and your group though their paces, without breaking backs of spirits.

As a Double Olympian, former Cork Senior Hurling Trainer and running Coach, he knows what it takes to push yourself past what you thought possible. He knows too the rewards that effort can bring.

David’s experience is beyond question. You could say he’s been around the block, and the track, more than once!

Why choose David Matthews? Put simply, for breadth of experience and proven results, there’s no competition.



One of Ireland’s most successful middle distance athletes and successful Coach.

  • Double Olympian
  • Holds 2 senior national records: 1000mts (2.17.58) + the blue riband 800mts (1.44.82)
  • 10 years competing with distinction on the world stage
  • Has been at the forefront evolving fitness breakthroughs
  • Chosen by Nike to demonstrate SAQ (Speed Agility Quickness)
  • Tested Aqua Sessions in the mid 1990s
  • Amongst the first Irish athletes to use Cryogenic Chamber Therapy at Olympic Rehabilitation Centre in Poland in 2000
  • Level 2 Athletics Coach
  • Coaching Ireland Tutor.
  • Founder of Eversheds Sutherland Accelerator Academy
  • Founder of NIALive Indoor Athletics meeting
  • Athletics Commentator RTE

Career highlights include:

  • 2 Olympic Games
  • 7 World Championships
  • 4 European Championships
  • Olympic semi-final in Atlanta 1996 - 5th place
  • Competing for UCD at Madison Square Gardens
  • Representing UCD in Europe’s Golden Four Grand Prix

David’s career in athletics was nurtured and encouraged by the late Noel Carroll, Athletics Coach, and the late Dr Tony O’Neill, Sports Director UCD.

As one of the first to be awarded a sports scholarship in UCD, David’s successes and reputation helped to elevate the college to new heights in international sports. By raising the profile of UCD as a centre for sporting excellence, David helped make it a university of choice for talented sportspeople.


If you are stuck in a rut with your Running Training?- Just Drop David a Mail- Whether you want to go Sub 20/25/30mins for 5km or even just to run 5km.

or Sub 60/45/40/35 mins for 10km- Don't waste anymore time "Quality professional Coach" That's what you need.


"Matthews, a fizzing ball of energy and anecdotes ………..has played a key role in the transformation as the team’s physical trainer. He rolled down the motorway from Kildare twice a week and helped give expression to the philosophy. What might have seemed like an unlikely alliance at the time has since been hailed as yet another stroke of Barry-Murphy’s seemingly magic brush.

GAA.ie 08/08/2013"






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