This week, Cliona sits down with Kilkenny’s Katie Power to discuss all things camogie and how it ultimately is what has helped get her through a crisis.
Style Of Play
In our latest blog post, Cliona Foley sits down with the Cratloe native, who has excelled in various codes from camogie to hockey and soccer to Gaelic football to name but a few….
The St Anne’s star is used to rushing from one thing to the next. Be it her role as a PE and maths teacher at Blackwater Community School in Lismore, to captaining the Deise camogie side, giving grinds to students, or working at home on the farm. The spread of Covid-19 has halted much of her gallop, just as it has for the rest of the country.
Galway’s Allstar corner-back Heather Cooney, like everyone else, has quickly adjusted to this spinning world where health has taken primacy while sport became an irrelevance overnight. Since Covid19 struck she’s been at home with her family, missing training with her teammates and best friends, and her class and teaching colleagues in school.
Flying forward Katie Power (28) was first called up to the Kilkenny senior panel when she was 15 and made her debut for them a year later. Her All-Ireland medals include two U16s, three minors and one senior (2016) and she has won five National League titles, including three in-a-row from 2016-2018. She has also won four Ashbourne Cups and an All-Ireland Intermediate club title with Piltown. She has a degree in business from Waterford IT and works as PA/Receptionist with Michael Lyng Motors in Kilkenny.
Ciara Mageean (27), from Portaferry, Co Down, studied physiotherapy at University College Dublin but is now a professional athlete, specialising in the ‘metric mile’. She played camogie for the Down minors before specialising in track, first winning silver (800m) at World Youths in 2009 and silver (1500m) at World Juniors in 2010. She won 1500m bronze at European Seniors in 2016 and repeated that at European Indoors in 2019. Last summer she finished 10th in the 1500m final at the World Championships in a lifetime best of 4:00.15, the second fastest time by an Irish woman after Sonia O’Sullivan’s senior record of 3:58:85.
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