Sport Scholarship athlete Fidelma Marrinan who is part of West Clare Gaels talks sport and how she balances sport and her studies at WIT
Every academic year, WIT provides up to 60 Sports Scholarship Awards distributed between three awarding categories which reflect the sporting level a student is competing at within their sporting discipline: Elite, Sport Scholarship & Emerging Talent. Apply at http://www.wit.ie/vikingsportscholarship
Name: Fidelma Marrinan
Sport: Ladies Gaelic Football
Club: West Clare Gaels
Course: BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies
1. Highest Achievements to date?
Winning Inter-pro blitz with Munster in 2019
Winning Giles Cup with WIT in 2018
Winning Sile Callinan tournament with Club West Clare Gaels in 2018
All-Ireland Minor B winners with Clare
2. What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?
Winning Minor B All-Ireland with Clare
3. What is your personal aim this year?
As it’s my final year in college, it would be nice to win Giles cup with WIT.
4. Who was your sporting idol growing up?
Grainne Harvey and Ellie O Gorman
5. How do you prepare for each event?
I have a habit of forgetting my gear/boots for games so my mother makes me get all my gear ready the night before. Tan is also a requirement for games.
6. What advice would you give to Athletes wanting to improve?
Control what you can. Go to the gym, eat better and work hard.
7. What do you do to relax/unwind?
Watch tv and listen to my housemates. They would keep anyone entertained.
8. How do you balance work/college/training?
Having a busy schedule actually makes me more productive and driven. It helps as I know I have to finish college work before training/matches etc
9. What was the best advice you were ever given?
It’s what you do when people are not looking that counts, so work as hard off the field (Eat healthy etc) as you do on it and keep improving.
10. Do you get nervous before big races/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?
It’s hard not to get nervous but listening to music helps you forget about the nerves for a while.
About the Sports Scholarship Programme at WIT
Offers an athlete-led development programme aimed at supporting the overall development of high performance athletes in a wide range of sports. The programme gives talented athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting and academic career by offering a network of support services and expertise which is tailored around the specific needs of each individual athlete.