Training Advice from some Top Irish Female Athletes
There are some seriously talented Irish Female Athletes across the many sporting codes in this country right now.
We’re lucky to have some of these top Irish female athletes collaborating with us at Intersport Elverys.
From football, GAA, running, sprinting, rugby and boxing, we’ve been working closely with some of the leading Irish Female Athletes through their careers and we’ve managed to get some insight into their thinking, with them providing some brilliant advice on training, motivation, tips on reaching your goals and more.
Irish International Sprinter/Hurdler Sarah Quinn, Irish Rugby 7s/Xvs Stacey Flood, Republic of Ireland’s Rianna Jarrett, Team Ireland boxer Gráinne Walsh, international runner Grace Lynch and Cavan LGFA/Collingwood AFLW star Aishling Sheridan answer our quickfire questions.
Check them out below.
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International Sprinter/Hurdler: Sarah Quinn (Mayo)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “To start off with a focus that you know you will be able to stick to and build your daily routine around. Don’t start off with ten things at once, because the likelihood is you won’t be able to stick to them all. Start small, it could be something as simple as increasing your water intake and make sure you nail that before you go focusing on something else.”
Best Advice you ever got: “Definitely, ‘Don’t compare your step 1 with someone else’s step 10′”
How do you get motivated: “Setting goals and working towards beating them.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “I’m hoping to stay injury free and grab every opportunity that comes my way.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Every Sunday, write down what you want to achieve that week. And at the end of the week, do a quick slef review and see if you achieved it. If not, make changes for the following week.”
Ireland Rugby 7s/Xvs: Stacey Flood (Dublin)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “Enjoy every single training session you do because not everyone gets to what you do and what you can do.”
Best Advice you ever got: “Hard work beats talent when talents doesn’t work hard.’ I believe if you work hard in whatever you do, it will go a long way in getting you where you want to be.”
How do you get motivated? “I always bring it back to why I am there and who I am doing this for. It’s also really easy to motivate yourself when you’re in a good group of players or training partners.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “To quality and compete at the World Cup 7s in Cape Town in 2022″
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Find a way to hold yourself accountable. Whether it’s writing it down in a diary or journal, or finding a training partner that will motivate you and keep you going, or maybe even buying a smartwatch that will show you all your fitness data, just find something that will help you in that sense.”
Cavan LGFA & Collingwood AFLW: Aishling Sheridan (Cavan)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “It might sound simple, but investing in some top quality gym gear and footwear is great for preventing injuries firstly, but it will also motivate you to train.”
Best Advice you ever got: “The best advice I ever got was to not be afraid of making mistakes. Not everything will go 100%, because you learn from mistakes.”
How do you get motivated? “Wanting to better myself every single day.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “To give everything I can when I play and to leave every ounce of energy on the pitch.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Make sure you get a diary plan so you can work out your days and weeks ahead. It will keep you motivated and give you direction and routine.”
International Long-Distance Runner: Grace Lynch (Kerry)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “My advice to you is to invest in a really good pair of running shoes. I love the ASICS Novablast 2 for my easy running days.”
Best Advice you ever got: “It’s something that I still abide by today, and it’s as simple as enjoying your training, making sure you do it for you.”
How do you get motivated? “Setting short term and long term goals. Write them in your training diary and every thing else you do on your sessions, because you can then look back and see your improvements.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “I am aiming for PBs in the 10k road and also the half marathon.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Track everything. Improvements keep you hungry and wanting more.”
Team Ireland Boxer: Gráinne Walsh (Offaly)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “A good friend of mine told me that comparison is the thief of joy. You see so much of peoples’ lives these days through social media like Instagram and everyone is comparing their’s to others. I would tell people to only focus on being the best version of yourself, and no one else.”
Best Advice you ever got: “The best advice I can give is to be honest with yourself. Set a goal and stick to that goal and never let that negative voice in your head get the better of you – always stay one step ahead.”
How do you get motivated? “I think about the time recently when I spent 18 weeks in a cast and was unable to train. So I push myself over all them hard times, thinking about what I want to achieve and I use this every single day.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “I want to get back on the World stage competing for Ireland.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Write everything down on a Sunday night for your week ahead. I also write down what I am grateful for at the end of every day – it’s great to keep you grounded and humble,”
Republic of Ireland: Rianna Jarrett (Wexford)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “Set goals that are measurable and realistic. Break your long terms goals down into short-term goals.”
Best Advice you ever got: “Don’t let setbacks define you, use them as motivation.”
How do you get motivated? “The beauty of playing team sport is that you’re pushed daily by the people around you, like the players and management, which really helps me keep going.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: ““To break back into the Irish set up and qualify for the Fifa 2023 Womens World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. I use a journal on a daily basis, and I’m also loving my adidas Ultraboost 21 and massage gun for my recovery.”
You can also read about Rianna’s top 5 favourite weight training exercises for women here:
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