All my life I had been a keen soccer player, with a small bit of GAA thrown in for good measure. I loved playing loads of different sports but none stuck quite like soccer. I started playing underage football locally in the carnbane league and loved it.
Eventually I grew out of it in my mid twenties and for a few years I didnt do anything apart from go for the odd road run on my own. I then ended up joining Newry City Runners and caught the running bug big time, out on the road 3-4 times a week. This continued for some years and throughout it I toyed with the idea of doing a triathlon.
When and why did you start triathlon?
My brother Shane was involved with Pulse Triathlon club in Dublin and encouarged me to get involved in the sport. I had gone to see him take part in Crooked Lake and also Top of the Mournes. Each time I went I promised myself that some day I would get involved…..and would race alongside my brother (and beat him some day) With his advice and encouragement I took the plunge and done a Try-a-try in 2014 and eventually joined Newry Triathlon Club in 2015…..i havent looked back since.
What is your favourite event to date?
My favourite event to date is Port Beach Triathlon Clogherhead. The sea swim is second to none, also for the last 2 years it has been beautiful weather which of course helps! Although personally for me my most important race was Crooked Lake, my first ever sprint Triathlon 2014. I dedicated that one to my Dad who unfortunately had passed away earlier that year, he himself grew up in Camlough.
What are your goals for this year?
Goals this year are to compete in my first Olympic distance race, and generally improve my placings/times in the sprint distance races.
What’s your favourite tri distance?
Favorite distance is Sprint….my only distance so far…….but I’m a big fan of Aquathlons as my bike legs need a lot of work.
What’s your favourite tri discipline?
Favorite discipline is swim, until 2014 I couldn’t swim more than 3 lengths of the pool, now its my strongest discipline. I love the non impact aspect of it and theres no better place to be than in the open water, camlough lake is a brilliant training ground.
What does Newry Triathlon Club mean to you?
The club is a great extended support network. Even though I dont get to train or race as much as i would like there are always plenty of training options available. Any time in my life I have ever joined a sports club I have never regretted it, the same goes for NTC, as usual the social aspect is a big thing too, meeting people and getting out and about. With 2 young children its not always easy but when I attend a traing session or a race it always nice to see familiar faces and have a laugh. It’s great value too, given the hard work and organistaion that goes into it, the time trials, duathlons etc All very well organised and executed and I hope to become more involved in the club as time goes on……Keep er lit.