Junior Heffernan

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Junior Heffernan (11 August 1989 – 3 March 2013) was an Irish triathlete and then cyclist who at the end of his sporting career was competing mostly in Great Britain.[1] He attended Kelly College on the outskirts of Tavistock, Devon, where he competed under coach Rich Brady.[2]

Heffernan represented Ireland in international competitions both at the World and European championship levels in triathlon from 2007 until 2009 when a hip injury sent him in the direction of cycling.[3] Prior to his setback he was widely considered to have been Ireland's most promising triathlete .[4][5] As a cyclist Heffernan competed for the Herbalife Leisure Lakes Team. Heffernan was fatally injured in a collision during the Severn Bridge Road race near Olveston in Gloucestershire, England.[6] He was 23.


  1. ^ "Junior Heffernan dies after collision during Severn Bridge Road Race | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Tributes paid to tragic Junior Heffernan after Severn Bridge Road Race accident". Plymouth Herald. 
  3. ^ "Former Irish triathlete killed in UK bicycle race". The Irish Times. 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Junior Heffernan RIP". Irish Triathlon - Your base for Triathlons and Adventure races in Ireland. 
  5. ^ "Club mourns tragic death of former member". The Nationalist. 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "British cyclist Junior Heffernan killed in crash with car - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2013-07-25.