Dealing with mental health while recovering from physical trauma

2020-03-26T09:59:00+00:00

Dealing with mental health while recovering from physical trauma It’s been almost a year since I last competed in my sport. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fighter and while every athlete has a sell by date, what happens when that date is fast tracked ahead of schedule? Do you just adjust to a different path or is it more complicated than that? When you eat, sleep and breath sport for two decades, it gets to a point where you take it all for granted. Everyday being able to kick, punch and compete is automatic. [...]

Dealing with mental health while recovering from physical trauma 2020-03-26T09:59:00+00:00

Why we need Meaningful Athlete Representation in Sport

2020-02-03T11:31:40+00:00

Why we need Meaningful Athlete Representation in Sport Recently I wrote about the importance of athletes using their voices and speaking truth to power. While I received a lot of support in the aftermath, I also received some questions. One in particular struck a chord with me.  “Imbalance in power between athletes and administrators” What imbalance? Why is this a problem? After spending over twenty years competing internationally in sport, it is very clear to me that there is an imbalance of power and the gap that exists between sportspeople and administrators is not narrowing quickly enough in my [...]

Why we need Meaningful Athlete Representation in Sport 2020-02-03T11:31:40+00:00

There Will Never Be a Safe Space to Tell the Truth

2020-01-25T17:46:13+00:00

There Will Never Be a Safe Space to Tell the Truth Over the last year, there has been a marked increase in athletes voicing their opinions and looking for positive change in sport. I only see this as a good thing. Some athletes have a mostly positive experience throughout their athletic careers, while others do not. I’m more aligned with the latter. Just last year I experienced backlash and retribution for speaking out in my own sport and the imbalance in power between athletes and administrators was made very clear. Fortunately Irish Karate is now rebuilding under new leadership, [...]

There Will Never Be a Safe Space to Tell the Truth 2020-01-25T17:46:13+00:00