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Name: Kevin Blanchfield 

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Sport: Hurling 

Course: Exercise & Health Studies 

Year: 1st

Age: 20


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning County Championship with Club Bennettsbridge in 2015

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

Since Under 6/8 with Club Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Martin Comerford, O Loughlin Gaels & Kilkenny

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

Win Intermediate All Ireland with Club & Freshers Hurling with WIT

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Hydrate with plenty of Water, eat & sleep well the week before a match, train hard with 100% dedication

6.Do you play any other sports?

No hurling takes up all my spare time

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

No

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Padraig Walsh when playing Tullaroan in League Final this year

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Never give up, work hard and train hard and the rewards will come

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Hang out with friends, go to Cinema

11.How often do you train?

2 to 3 times a week

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

Currently training is in the evening which doesn’t affect my classes during the day, I use the spare time during the day to do assignments.

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Never give up no matter how far behind you might be.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Fitness levels are good due to all the training at the moment.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To make the Senior Kilkenny Team

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

No 

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Nerves don’t really affect me, a few nerves are good and it makes me feel up for the match

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Tommy Bowe

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

Hopefully playing with the Kilkenny Senior team and playing on the Fitzgibbon Team with WIT

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

Intermediate County Final 2015 against Ballyragget – a lot at stake – went up to the Senior Grade


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Name: Timmy Morrissey

 

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Sport: Rugby

Course: BSc in Applied Computing 

Year: 3rd

Age: 25


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning the Provincial Towns Cup last year with my club, Enniscorthy RFC.

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

First started playing when I was 15.

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Brian O’Driscoll

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

Win the All-Ireland with the college and get promotion to AIL with my club.

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Eat well, drink a lot of water and try not to think about it too much.

6.Do you play any other sports?

A little bit of Gaelic Football

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Played soccer until I was 15 and had to choose between it and rugby as the seasons run at the same time.

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Carlow IT in college rugby, Tullamore RFC in club rugbyb.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Train hard and keep pursuing your goals

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Big fan of television and movies, I enjoy going shooting sometimes to get a bit of fresh air.

11.How often do you train?

3 – 4 times a week and 1 or 2 games most weeks

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

Prioritise, college comes first but I find if you treat college like a 9-5 job it will leave your evenings free for the most part.

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Don’t think about what other players or teams are going to do, think about what you’re going to do.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

I try to get to the gym outside of rugby training when I can.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

I feel that if I can be an active part of a team that is always improving and achieving goals then I am reaching my goals.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yes, I generally try to keep my mind off them until just before warming up and when the game starts I try to get a carry or tackle in early.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Ma’a Nonu 

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

I would like to see myself playing club rugby in the AIL.

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

Last game of last season we had to beat Dundalk at home by more than 8 to win the league and we only beat them by 4. They only lost 3 games that season, all to us and we only lost 1 league game but unfortunately they got more bonus points than us.


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Name: Aaron O' Connordf

 

Sport: Soccer

Course: Business

Year: 1

Age: 18


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Scoring my first goal for Waterford United this year and winning goal of the season for it. Something I'll always remember.

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

Since I can remember

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Cristiano Ronaldo.

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

To achieve double figure in goals/assists for the next season

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Listening to my music and messing around with the lads on the team.

6.Do you play any other sports?

Not anymore. 

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Hurling & Gaelic Football.

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Jordan Rossiter of Liverpool, I wouldn't be surprised to see him more involved in Liverpool's first team this year.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Be prepared to make sacrifices and  to never accept 2nd place.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Listen to music and by playing FIFA 16/NBA 2K16.

11.How often do you train?

5 times a week either on the pitch, pool or gym.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

By giving up a lot of sleep!

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Nothing in life comes easy.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Working on my weaker foot and increasing my flexibility with stretches. 

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To one day play professionally abroad.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Lee is better than you!!

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

If I ever get nervous, I just talk to the team and try to forget we even have a game.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Usain Bolt. You have to admire his ability to be the best in the world for such a long time

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

Playing abroad.

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

Playing in front of 12,000 people in South Africa when I was 12 in the Danone Nations Cup. An experience I will never forget.


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Name: Sibeal Houlihanghj

 

Sport: Olympic Weightlifting

Course: Psychiatric Nursing 

Year: 1

Age: 18


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Definitely being picked to be a member on the Irish weightlifting team. 

2.How long have you been participating in olympic weightlifting?

About 2 years.

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Lauren Fisher

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

For the 2016 year make the Junior European Team

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Follow my strict programme for 6 weeks and then hope that you hit the intended numbers on the day.

6.Do you play any other sports?

I do crossfit from time to time when I’m not on any strength programmes.

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Irish dancing

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

I’m going to say the mental aspect rather than a person that has the biggest effect of how you lift on the day.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

You’re going to have crap training days and competitions and not to give up but used them as a learning curve rather than beat yourself up about it.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

I go to the sauna/Jacuzzi every night after training to relax and get ready for the next day.

11.How often do you train?

I train 6 times a week with 2 double days on a Monday and Saturday coming up to a big competition, and then on off season 5 times a week.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

It’s hard, it involves a lot of preparation with meals and training times but if you’re dedicated you can make it work.

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Not to compare yourself to anyone else, you’re your own individual athlete and focusing on yourself rather than what other people are doing is going to make you work harder to see your own progression.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Squatting is key to any weightlifters success, the heavier your squat is the heavier you can lift. Also accessory work and mobility is essential to prevent injury, if you don’t stretch you’re asking to get hurt basically.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

Make the world or junior Olympic team in a few years.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

At first they will ask you why you’re doing it. Later they’ll ask how you did it.

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yes, I listen to music and I tend not to watch the people competing before me because it puts me off.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Mattie Rogers

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

Hopefully still on the Irish Team and coaching youth lifters.

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

The Celtic Nations team qualifying competition, never want to experience anything like that again.


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MichaelOName: Michael O' Loughlin 

 

Sport: Cycling

Course: Sports Coaching and Performance

Year: 2

Age: 18


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning a stage of a UCI Junior Nations Cup race in France.

2.How long have you been cycling?

9 Years

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

When I was really young it was embarrassingly enough Lance Armstrong. Picked the right sport but just the wrong hero!

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

For 2016 I want to complete year 2 in college, adjust to the longer races at Continental level, and get selected for the u23 World and European championships.

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Once all the training is done I try to freshen up as best I can. Plenty of sleep and staying off my feet.

6.Do you play any other sports?

No.

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Played lots of sports. Didn’t take any of them nearly as serious as cycling coming from a cycling family. 

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

The Americans, Germans, Danish and French are all great junior cyclists and can dish out a lot of pain in a race.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Get a coach who is not afraid to embrace the new and ever-changing training ideas that are out there in the world of cycling.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Listen to music or play video games.

11.How often do you train?

6 days a week.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

By planning and being efficient with your time. Make a training/study plan based on when you have free time. 

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Don’t stand when you can sit and don’t sit when you can lie.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

I don’t overdo it. I always listen to my coach. He knows my limitations and he provides training for me within these limitations to improve.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

Gold medal at the UCI World Championships.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Train hard. Win easy.

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yeah but I embrace it. If I’m nervous it’s because I want it bad enough.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Tom Boonen.

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

At a Pro Continental or UCI World Tour level team. 

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

Last 3 laps of the road race at the World Championships in Richmond, USA were crazy. Wet weather/roads, lots of attacking racing, crazy fans, cobbled climbs and lots of crashes. Painful but fun.


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Name: Rachel Hutchinson 

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Sport: Soccer

Course: Exercise & Health  

Year: 3

Age: 20


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Playing in the UEFA Women's Champions League in August 2015

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

I've been playing for at least 14/15 years now from what I remember I started at 5 or 6

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Paul Scholes/Pirlo

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

To challenge for the league and win Intervarsity’s again with the WIT and to retain the WNL with Wexford Youths. 

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Always eat proper foods building up to the game/tournament plenty of water & drinks for fair share of hydration and electrolytes and plenty of sleep and rest. 

6.Do you play any other sports?

No.

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Irish Dancing

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

FC Konin from Poland in the Champions League!

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

If you want something you never had. You have to do something you’ve never done.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Watch TV, or go to the cinema.

11.How often do you train?

5-6 times a week.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

It’s tough sometimes with a lot of CA but there's normally enough hours in the week for me to get the work done before training.  

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

‘Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you, you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her'' - my old manager quoted Mia Hamm former USA Captain. 

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

I don't cut corners even if I'm last.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To play for Ireland.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yes! I put on my beats and listen to songs to get pumped up

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Carli Lloyd USA Captain

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

I’d love to go to America after I get my degree and hopefully to play over there.

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

The league decider game vs Raheny in the women's national league.


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Name: Patricia Curtin 

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Sport: Athletics

Course: Business in Tourism   

Year: 2nd

Age: 20


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning a national senior medal at 17 along with my national senior silver medal and competing in the UK Athletics League against other top throwers from UK and other countries. 

2.How long have you been participating in athletics?

I started athletics when I was 5 years old and did a lot of cross country running making county teams as well as trying out many other track and field events until the age of 11 I started to win national medals in the javelin so that’s when I started to specialise in that discipline.

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Carolina Kluft (Swedish heptathlete) as she is really down to earth both on and off the track and a great athlete. 

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

To take the Irish National U.23 title and medal at the National Seniors as well as medalling in the UK U.23 Championships. I would also like to take gold in the Intervarsities for WIT.

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Eat proper foods and get a lot of rest as well as not over training during week of competition.

6.Do you play any other sports?

No.

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Growing up, I played other sports such as camogie, football and hockey.

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Anita Fitzgibbon (Irish National Record Holder) or Izzy Jeffs (UK National Senior Champion)

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

To try out every athletic discipline and train really hard at the one you would like to progress in and never give up no matter how difficult it gets as hard work makes the difference.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Catch up on the latest Home & Away episodes.

11.How often do you train?

5 or 6 days a week including double up sessions.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

I like to do my college work after training as I feel more awake. I also do my some of my training sessions in between classes when I get a long break.

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it. 

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Following my training programme correctly and completing all my sets/reps during a weight lifting session for extra strength.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To make a European Championships and break the National Record.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

“Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.”

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

I don’t like to think about other competitors but myself. I also like to listen to upbeat music such as house music or RnB to get me in the zone when warming up.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Usain bolt or Barbora Spotakova.

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

Hopefully winning National Senior titles and representing Ireland. 

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

National seniors are always an intense atmosphere as well as the UK athletics league in London.


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Name: Gavin Young 

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Sport: Golf

Course: Exercise & Health    

Year: 3

Age: 23


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Probably reaching the Leinster Finals in the Barton Shield with my club last year. 

2.How long have you been playing golf?

Around 13 – 14 years I think

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Tiger Woods. Last few years it has been Rory Mcllroy. 

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

Win a few college events for this year and finish highly in the order of merit next year. Getting an interprovincial cap would also be a goal. 

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Get enough rest and practice hard in the weeks prior to an event. 

6.Do you play any other sports?

Played Hurling and Gaelic with my club Lorrha in Tipperary until minor level. Hard to play all sports and compete at a high level in one of them. A broken hand from a belt of a hurley would rule me out of a golf season for around 6/7 weeks. I’d miss too much if it happened. 

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

No not really. Loved hurling but I had to make a choice of what I wanted to do and which one I could compete highly at. 

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Instead of opponent I’ll say hardest golf course, The European Club up in Wicklow. Brutally tough.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Practice makes perfect. Chipping and putting is where scores are made so my advice would be to focus on those areas. There’s always someone out there working harder than you, so it’s up to you to work harder than them. 

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Generally just chill out with my housemates. They’d be all involved with sport too playing hurling and camogie so it’s a good environment to be in. They’d be all focused on the Fitzgibbon and the Ashbourne later on in the year when my season is kicking off, so it’s easy to stay in when they’re not going out either.  

11.How often do you train?

I’m back in the gym now so I’ll be focused on that for the next few months. I’ll be out practicing my game about 2-3 times a week during the winter but once next year comes it’ll be 6 days a week for sure.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

Luckily for me most of my events are during the summer so I’m lucky in that way. I was unlucky this year that I had 3 tournaments happen during my summer exams so that was pretty mental. Luckily I got through them and passed them all. 

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Probably the motto – Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail. It’s true for everything in life whether it’s exams or in a sporting way.  The more effort and practice you put in, the bigger the reward for the outcome.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

For me I like to work hard on my short game as in my chipping and putting. It’s the key area to the game and the one that counts for so much, so it’s an area I like to work on hard. Also being on a specific gym programme for you is key. Being flexible and having mobility is a must for speed in the swing and injury prevention.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

Probably to get my card on the European Tour. It’s a big ask and only a few do per year so it’s going to require hard work and dedication. Still though, who knows what’ll happen in the future. 

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

No not really. I always liked the training montage in Rocky IV, so sometimes I’d watch that. Looking at videos of Tiger Woods or Rory Mcllroy on YouTube always help to get a bit of motivation for practising as well.  

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Not really beforehand. During a competition or match I would sometimes but the practice I’ve done beforehand usually stands to me. 

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Probably Rory McIlroy to be honest. We all kind of knew of him and his name in the amateur world when he was like 15/16, so to see him rise and accomplish so much in his career is pretty cool. To come from Ireland and be number 1 in the world in your sport is unbelievable. 

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

I don’t know to be honest. Hopefully I may have turned pro and have a card for somewhere in Europe to play and try to earn money that way.  

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

Leinster Finals of the Barton Shield last year was pretty intense. Also playing in the Irish Close Championship this year in Tramore was a big deal as people down here had heard I was in college down here so there was a good few out watching. It’s always nice to have a crowd though.


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Name: Eimear Lynchio

Sport: Athletics

Course: Exercise & Health    

Year: 4th

Age: 23


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning Silver in the intervarsity’s in 2014 and 2015 and been selected on the Irish University Team for the last 3 years

2.How long have you been participating in athletics?

I‘ve been doing athletics since I was 10 years old 

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Sonia O' Sullivan

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

To lower my PB to 55/56 seconds for the 400m and to get selected on an Irish team

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

I visualise the race, track and competitors beforehand and imagine how I would race it, visualising each section of the race – Out of the blocks hard, Maintain on the back straight, push on at the top bend and work hard down the home straight. 

6.Do you play any other sports?

No not competively, but I would still sometimes play hurling

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Yes. Camogie

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

The Neville Twins and Claire Mooney

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

I would tell them to Focus on technique and take each training session step by step and always go into a session with a positive mind frame.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Listen to music and chill with my family and friends

11.How often do you train?

5/6 Times a Week – 3 Track sessions, 1 Hill Session and Circuit/Gym Sessions

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

At the moment I would try to get in a core session in the morning, go to college, training in the evenings and do more college work after training

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again. Don’t Look Back Leave It All on the Track.

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Plyometric and Sets off Split 400meters

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To compete in Europeans/ worlds and Olympics Games

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Yes. With hard-work and determination anything is possible

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

I would before National/International competitions but I deal with this by focusing on my breathing and thinking positive thoughts

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Allyson Felix

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

I see myself competing In Europeans over 400 and 800m distances

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

Racing in Oordegem in Belgium in May 2014, the atmosphere was immense with a lot of top class athletes competing. 



Name: Tara Power  

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Sport: Ladies Soccer 

Course:Exercise & Health Studies 

Year: 3rd

Age: 20


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning the division 1 league with WIT and getting promoted to the Premier Division.

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

Since I was around 6 years old.

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Ronaldinho

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

Win the Intervarsities Cup 

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Eat loads of pasta, drink loads of water and go to bed early. 

6.Do you play any other sports?

In the summer I play camogie and football as well as soccer. 

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

I used to play volleyball for Ireland under18 when I was in TY and 5th year but I preferred soccer.

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

There’s been a lot of tough opponents, it’s hard to name one.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Do your own work outside of training hours to work on what you want to specifically improve.

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Watch a film at home with friends. 

11.How often do you train?

5 days a week.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

In college weekdays until 4 or 5, training afterwards in the evenings with 1 match on a weekday and 1 on the weekend and plan work around that.

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

“ Don’t be so quiet on the pitch, you’re a lot better than you think you are so don’t be afraid to just go for it.”  

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Work as hard as I can and try new things.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To get a senior Cap for Ireland. 

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Not really, I’m usually always in the mood for training and matches.

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yes, usually when I get nervous about a match I try to imagine myself playing really well, and hope to God that I actually do.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

I really admire Cristiano Ronaldo for his desire to always get better and for his love for soccer.

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

Hopefully playing with the top team in the Women’s National League and have been capped for Ireland.

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

When I was the captain of my old club team Tramore AFC and we were in the Waterford League Cup final which went to penalties. Thankfully we won!


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Name: Roy Sheehy dg

 

Sport: Boxing 

Course:Quantity Surveying 

Year: 1st

Age: 18


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Boxing on the Irish team for the first time.

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

8 years

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Roy Jones Jr.

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

Win the All-Irelands, both Colleges and Intermediates

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Train and watch my weight by eating the right food

6.Do you play any other sports?

Yes, Gaelic Football for Old Leighlin and Carlow

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Soccer, I chose to stick to boxing instead 

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Patrick Doherty in the All-Irelands

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Listen to your coaches and train hard

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Text, watch television, listens to music & play pool/snooker, 

11.How often do you train?

4 times a week, more coming up to championship fights

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

I do my college work before or after training and on the days I’m not training

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Keep your guard up at all times

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

Concentrate fully and push myself

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

To turn professional

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yes I do, I listen to music and relax

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Conor McGregor

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

A senior amateur boxer fighting to make an Olympic squad

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

In a multination’s tournament fighting a hometown boxer, he was applauded walking out and I was booed! The fight was stopped in the first round; I was booed again for winning and knocking him to the canvas!


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Name: Michelle Nolan   i

 

Sport: Camogie

Course: Exercise & Health Studies 

Year: 1st

Age: 19


1.What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?

Winning an Ireland Junior title with my club Myshall

2.How long have you been playing soccer?

Since I was 4 or 5 playing in U6 games.

3.Who was your sporting idol growing up?

Joe Canning of Galway

4.What is your personal aim this season/year?

Win a Leinster Intermediate club title and go on to the All Irelands, compete well with my county at Junior level, and win an Ashbourne title with WIT.

5.How do you prepare for a big match/game/tournament?

Keep hydrated, eat well and just concentrate on the task ahead.

6.Do you play any other sports?

Yes, I also play football 

7.Did you have any other sporting talents growing up that you could have pursued further?

Yes I played handball and won Leinster and All Ireland titles in 40x20 u15/u16 and 60x30 u15/u16

8.Who has been your toughest opponent so far?

Katie Power of Pilltown, Kilkenny.

9.What advice would you give to players wanting to improve?

Practise every day, always have a hurl in your hand!

10.What do you do to relax/unwind?

Watch TV, hang out with my friends.

11.How often do you train?

5 days a week but outside pucking the ball around every day.

12.How do you balance work/college/training? 

I Do my college work during the hours I have free In college and also in the evenings I’m not training. 

13.What was the best advise you were ever given?

Stay practising and you will eventually get to where you want to. Always believe in yourself 

14.What one or two things do you currently do in training that is key to your success?

First touch is crucial and strength and conditioning which prevents me from getting injured.

15.What would be your ultimate achievement? 

Winning an All-Ireland Senior club title.

16.Do you have a quote or motto that helps you get motivated for training or a match?

Practise makes perfect.

17.Do you get nervous before big games/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?

Yes I do but I control my nerves by thinking that it’s just like any other normal game and just do your best.

18.Who is your favourite athlete in the world?

Joe Canning

19.Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in relation to your sport? 

Playing for WIT, competing strongly at both club and county levels and being fitter and stronger.

20.What or where was the most intense atmosphere you have ever played in? 

In my home pitch in Myshall playing Pilltown in the intermediate club semi-finals.


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