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Inside the minds of some Mayo sports stars for 2019

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Jordan Flynn
FOOTBALL

Age: 20
Club: Crossmolina
Living: Crossmolina
Occupation: Delivery driver

What three words would you use to describe your sporting year in 2018?
Exciting, enjoyable, disappointing.

What was your sporting highlight of the last 12 months?
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to play within the last four and a half months due to the ban I received.

What was your biggest sporting disappointment of the last 12 months?
What happened in Croke Park in the All-Ireland Under-20 Final with the referee.

What’s your sporting New Year’s resolution?
To get my football back to the way it was and if I can’t, just become a better player.

Best live sports event you attended in the last 12 months?
Ireland v France when Sexton dropped an absolute bomb to win it!

Who is your ‘one to watch’ for your sport in 2019?
Conor McStay of Ballina.


Who will win the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019?
As much and all as it pains me to say it, I have to go with Dublin again. They are just unstoppable.

Three people you’d like to train with?
The main one would have to be Diarmuid Connolly. And if I had to choose another two, it would be Paul Flynn and Paul Galvin.

Three things you can’t live without?
My phone, money and sunbeds – ha ha!

Your 2019 motto in three words?
Never look back.

Grace Kelly
Ladies football

Age: 24
Club: Moy Davitts 
Living: Limerick/Mayo
Occupation: Just finished MSc in Sports Performance in UL. Back Primary Teaching in January.

What three words would you use to describe your sporting year in 2018?
Positive, tough and challenging.

What was your sporting highlight of the last 12 months?
Great National League performance.

What was your biggest sporting disappointment of the last 12 months?
Championship knockout versus Galway in the quarter-final.

What’s your sporting New Year’s resolution?
Work hard on my weaknesses, perfect my strengths.

Best live sports event you attended in the last 12 months?
Ladies All-Ireland Championship final — Dublin v Cork.

Who is your ‘one to watch’ for your sport in 2019?
Saoirse Noonan — Cork.

Who will win the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019?
Mayo ... silly question

Three people you’d like to train with?
Katie Taylor, Valerie Mulcahy, Andy Moran.

Three things you can’t live without?
Coffee, my dressing gown, summer.

Your 2019 motto in three words?
Visualise, believe, achieve.

Derick Tansey
Soccer

Age: 34
Club: Ballina Town FC
Living: Ballina
Occupation: Engineer

What three words would you use to describe your sporting year in 2018?
Successful. Satisfactory. Referee.

What was your sporting highlight of the last 12 months?
Winning the Mayo Super League and Cup double.

What was your biggest sporting disappointment of the last 12 months?
Missing the Cup final through suspension.

What’s your sporting New Year’s resolution?
Do not retire.

Best live sports event you attended in the last 12 months?
Wimbledon - great day out.

Who is your ‘one to watch’ for your sport in 2019?
Cormac O’Malley.

Who will win the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019?
Mayo.

Three people you’d like to train with?
Eric Cantona. Klay Thompson. David Clarke.

Three things you can’t live without?
Wife. Sports. Second Captains.

Your 2019 motto in three words?
Fitter than ever.

Maeve Gallagher
Athletics

Age: 17
Club: Swinford AC
Living: Swinford
Occupation: Student at St Joseph’s SS, Castlebar.

What three words would you use to describe your sporting year in 2018?
Unbelievable, memorable, rewarding.
 
What was your sporting highlight of the last 12 months?
Winning my first All-Ireland Cross Country title at the schools event in Waterford last March.
 
What was your biggest sporting disappointment of the last 12 months?
Not being selected to represent Ireland at the European Cross Country Championship.

What’s your sporting New Year’s resolution?
Keep training hard, enjoying my sport and keep smiling.

Best live sports event you attended in the last 12 months?
World Cycling championship in Innsbruck, Austria.

Who is your ‘one to watch’ for your sport in 2019?
Sarah Healy.
 
Who will win the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019?
Mayo, if Andy Moran is the captain.  

Three people you’d like to train with?
Finnoula Britton, Jessica Ennis Hill, Mo Farah.
 
Three things you can’t live without?
Granny’s apple cake, pink headband, my dog, Cara.
 
Your 2019 motto in three words?
Happiness is outdoors.

Shannon Sweeney
Boxing

Age: 20
Club: St Anne’s Boxing Club 
Living: Westport
Occupation: Cleaner, athlete, part-time office worker.

What three words would you use to describe your sporting year in 2018?
Successful, disappointing, hard work. And a lot of commitments and sacrifices were made.

What was your sporting highlight of the last 12 months?
Definitely winning my first National Senior Elite title and being the first girl in St Anne’s to bring it back.

What was your biggest sporting disappointment of the last 12 months?
The biggest disappointment for my sporting career was not getting picked to go to the Worlds! I had qualified for them through my Elite title, but didn’t go because the head coaches decided to only bring the Olympic weights – which in my opinion was a disgrace. Because you can’t become the best until you have experienced and beaten the best in the world.


What’s your sporting New Year’s resolution?
To break my boundaries and try new things. Boxing has given me massive opportunities and the confidence to push myself to travel and experience new things. My main focus now is to keep training as I part ways for a year to begin for my new journey in Canada. I look forward to experiencing and learning new things. This is all working progress towards my big dream of the 2024 Olympics.

Best live sports event you attended in the last 12 months?
Without a doubt, it would have to be my club-mate Ray Moylette. Watching Ray’s homecoming was the highlight of my last 12 months. The atmosphere of the fans, even with the disappointment of the outcome, was class to watch and also to be a part of.
From watching Ray, and being there in the moment, really got me thinking how much I love the sport and maybe that could be me one day.

Who is your ‘one to watch’ for your sport in 2019?
Kristina O’Hara from Belfast. She has won numerous medals and titles throughout the years. I lost out to her in my first Elite final, but taking into account that she is a lot more experienced than me as well as two or three years older. I am confident I can beat her with a bit more experience under my belt.

Who will win the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019?
I think Mayo could do it this year — there is still that bit of hope

Three people you’d like to train with?
Anthony Joshua, Katie Taylor, Jason Quigley.

Three things you can’t live without?
Gym, food, family.

Your 2019 motto in three words?
I have three sentences: Never give up no matter what; Always accept a challenge; Enjoy every minute!

Dylan Prendergast
Rugby

Age: 18
Club: Ballina
Living: Louisburgh
Occupation: Student in Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh.

What three words would you use to describe your sporting year in 2018?
Challenging, rewarding, positive.

What was your sporting highlight of the last 12 months?
Getting my first Irish cap back in March was very special.

What was your biggest sporting disappointment of the last 12 months?
Losing all three Interpro matches against Leinster, Ulster and Munster in September was tough to take! Three very good teams to play against though.

What’s your sporting New Year’s resolution?
Keep moving forward and always try and improve.

Best live sports event you attended in the last 12 months?
Has to be Ireland against New Zealand in the Aviva! Unreal atmosphere.

Who is your ‘one to watch’ for your sport in 2019?
Very hard to pick only one but, in rugby, it has to be Niall Murray from Buccaneers. The lad is a freak and won’t be long until he’s a pro. Callum Quinn has been unreal for Ballina as well – always consistently performs and does the basics so well.
Sean Keane from Louisburgh will also push on to big things next year in Gaelic, I think, for Louisburgh. Apparently he is also doing one extra bicep curl in the gym as well for a special someone.

Who will win the Sam Maguire Cup in 2019?
I’d like to say Mayo with Horan back, but it’s hard to look past the Dubs.

Three people you’d like to train with?
Sonny Bill Williams, Johnny Sexton, and I’d love if Steve Keane would come out of retirement and have a session. We’d know if he’s as good as he says he was then, or if the stories on the bus are all lies!

Three things you can’t live without?
Eggs, milk and Mikey Dawson’s unreal playlist!  

Your 2019 motto in three words?
Always stay positive.

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