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.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Dreaming and creating - the first Nigerian bobsled team at the Winter Olympics

In warmer countries like Ireland the Winter Olympics can slide under the radar, but who couldn't love the heart-warming story of the first Nigerian bobsled team?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Caradh O' Donovan switches to Karate for her Olympic dream.

National title, check. World title, check. Irish kickboxer Caradh O' Donovan looked around her and thought it was time for a new challenge. And with all the excitement around Karate's acceptance into the Olympic programme, what else would do? Would you, could you do it?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Under the Ropes - a muaythai fighter's journey

How many fights is a solid ambition? 50? 100? Why not 200? This the question American muaythai fighter Sylive Von Duuglas-Ittu asks herself as her career develops. 

This beautifully-shot video (by Simon Mulvany) captures her thoughts on that journey, up to fight number 191 she says when this is filming.