Sport Scholarship athlete Phil Healy who is hoping to make Team Ireland for the Olympics talks sport and how she balances sport and studying her post graduate degree 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: Phil Healy
Club: Bandon AC
Course: Msc Enterprise Computer Software
Highest achievements to date?
100m & 200m National Record holder
11th at European Seniors over 200m outdoor
11th World indoors over 400m
6th World university games
Currently Lying in Olympic Qualification spot
What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far?
Breaking the 200m national record in Cork, and progressing through the years
What is your personal aim this year?
Secure Olympic Qualification for Tokyo
Improve on all performances
The chance to continue the form I held prior to breaking my foot last summer
Who was your sporting idol growing up?
Ailis McSweeney - Previous 100m record holder. From Cork also
How do you prepare for each event?
Prior to race I make sure everything I need for the following day is laid out the night before. So I won’t have forgotten anything or that I won’t be under extra time pressure the day of the race if I have to look for things.
Training wise it’s about giving all too each session, even if you don’t feel great for each one! Give what you have. it’s about the consistency of adding the days back to back, which builds to weeks and then months. Prior to race it’s all about switching off and relaxing. The hard work is done.
What advice would you give to athletes wanting to improve?
It’s all about having fun. You have to enjoy it and want to do it. So but you effort into it, and drive! As much as you can so you get the benefits. You don’t have to be the fastest or the strongest. If you are better than you used be, then that’s improvement. It’s not all about winning. If you know you’ve given it your all, you can walk off the track happy.
What do you do to relax/unwind?
Watching Netflix/TV, listening to music
How do you balance work/college/training?
Having both college and training keeps me disciplined and organised. I know I have training at a certain time and the length. Therefore I need to make sure I’ve as much work done prior to leaving. It’s all about organisation. Having college allows me to switch off from sport and vice versa.
What was the best advise you were ever given?
Don’t look back with regrets. Do something while you can or able to do it.
Do you get nervous before big races/competitions and if so how do you deal with it?
Yes, nerves are normal. If I didn’t I would think something is up. It’s how you manage it is the key. You have to think it’s just another race. You have your lane, and you are racing 6-8 People the same as every other time. You have your plan to execute. If you worry about everyone else, you’re letting them have an advantage. Focus on you, and give it your all. Listening to music can help you switch off/distract from nerves while preparing for a race.
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.