Friday, December 1, 2017

Why sport science is a growing industry with Geraldine McTavish

When you've worked as a sport scientist with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, various branches of the GAA and the Special Olympics, you pick up a few things. Geraldine McTavish took time from her hectic schedule for a chat with me.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lucy Payne takes us behind the scenes at Muaythai Angels

The second round of Muaythai Angels took place last weekend, and Lucy Payne was flying the flag for  Great Britain.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Talking Karate and Olympic dreams with Shauna Mullaney

The Teenge Ninja Turtles have a lot to answer for, not least 14 years of Shauna Mullaney’s life dedicated to karate. Coming 11th in the Junior Worlds, she’s now set her sights on Tokyo2020.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fighting Crohn's Disease and winning at kickboxing with Caradh O' Donovan

Working with Caradh for the Irish Mail on Sunday and Tom Honan 
Most people with a chronic illness like Crohn's Disease would be happy to get through the day, but for Caradh O' Donovan the day is not complete without intensive training sessions and medal dreaming. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

You can't be it unless you see it; Katie Taylor and women's boxing in Ireland

Katie Taylor Champion of the World!  Photo: Katie Taylor Instagram
I was listening to Sonia O' Sullivan on the radio today; she was laughing about meeting Katie Taylor. Laughing because she found it surprising Taylor was excited to meet her when Sonia felt it should be the other way around.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Muaythai and women at espnW summit

Did you grow up watching the Kickboxer films? And did you wonder where all the women were? Me too, so this video of women in martial arts attending a major summit is pretty exciting.

Friday, September 29, 2017

How to have your own National Fitness Day every day!

It's great when the sun shines in Ireland on a day which sets out to celebrate health and fitness. So many of our plans are scuppered by the weather, and while I know 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes' it helps when it's sunny. 

Today is National Fitness Day, a day to encourage everyone to move. Sounds simple but how can you make this happen everyday?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Muaythai is attractive because it's hard says one champion

Anna at the IFMA World Championships 2017 IMAGE LordK2 for IFMA
Anna Strandberg, Swedish muaythai champion and 2016 IFMA World Champion on why she loves this crazy sport:

For women muaythai is very good in Sweden, we are a team together for 12 months of the year not just for the big tournaments.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The muaythai mother winning gold at the world championships.

Winning a muaythai gold medal, and doing it while caring for a young child might seem impossible but not for Irina Larinova.

The Russian world champion and her 14-month old son Fedor are a regular sight at IFMA muaythai championships. Last year she claimed the European title when he was just seven months old. And at the World Championships in Minsk she took 75kgs gold as the little boy watched from the stands.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wonder woman and little girls daydreaming

Wonder Woman across the ages; Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter
PIC: @reallyndacarter instagram

So Wonder Woman. I'm going out on a limb here and saying most women of a certain age who kick things as adults first learned you could do this watching Lynda Carter. Definitely what happened to me.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Iranian women back in the muaythai ring

Three Iranian women stepped over the ropes into a muaythai ring representing their country for the first time in over five years – holding true to their dreams and bringing home some bling even though they are not able to train with national coach.