Transition Year students had a virtual talk last week with Para Cyclist and World Track Medal winner Richael Timothy last week.
She spoke to the year group about elite fitness, nutrition and resilience in the face of all obstacles.
Richael told students about her acquired brain injury that came about after surgery on an underlying condition, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT).
She told them how she’d previously immersed herself in football, playing for her club St Croans and inter-county football with Roscommon.
Richael described the physical challenges she faced as soon as she came out of hospital, and how it soon became clear to her that she would have to take on a very difference athletic journey and began training as a Para cyclist.
Richael also studied Sport Science degree in Athlone IT, and afterwards set her sights on international competitions such as the World Championships and the Olympics.
She spoke to them about her nutrition when she is training, and how she sustains her energy during long cycles. She also spoke about the difficulty caused by Covid in accessing elite gyms, and in getting to velodromes, as there isn’t one currently in Ireland.
The students really enjoyed her honest, positive and engaging talk and loved the opportunity to ask her questions about elite fitness and training. Many thanks to Richael and to TY CO Ordinator Mr Eimhin Griffith for organising and moderation the talk.