Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What books on women in sport do you read?

Irish champions Deirdre Gogarty and Katie Taylor together PIC 42.ie
Watching Katie Taylor power her way to another belt at the weekend sent me back to Malissa Smith's excellent book on the history of women's boxing. And then onto other books hiding on my shelves, and a list of books to buy or borrow.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bump, Bike and Baby - an Irish sportswoman's journey to motherhood

Sportswomen are different, that’s for sure. And when a mountain-running, marathoning sportswoman gets pregnant, she’s going to have some specific questions for the doctors. One of the many poignant incidents in Irishwoman Moire O’ Sullivan’s new book is when her GP tells her walking is OK during pregnancy. Walking really wasn’t going to cut it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Ice-swimming in the Neva River, Russia with some tough women

That water is as cold as it looks  - a pool cut from ice on the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia. Among the dedicated swimmers, I met Ranie Pearce who travelled from California to dive in during one of the coldest weeks of the winter.