Former Irish international rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan and Sunday Game analyst Kevin McStay will lead out a strong team of sports men and women at a special seminar to explore what it takes to succeed in sport in today’s world where injuries, heartache, losses, and set-backs have to be overcome and where the lure of an easier life is never too far away.
The seminar, called Success in Sport – What Does it Take? takes place on Tuesday, November 12 at The Breaffy House Hotel starting at 7.30pm. It will be chaired by Ballinrobe native and well known GAA commentator Liam Horan. Also included in the panel is local Ladies GAA football star Cora Staunton. Mayo GAA team doctor Sean Moffatt is also to attend and will give an insight into the health and wellbeing of current day high performance sportspeople.
The open debate will explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as the relationship between sport and physical, emotional, and mental health; the thorny question of the relationship between sport, sponsorship, and alcohol in a society where alcohol is an endemic part of all aspects of culture, including the sporting culture; the demands and pressures on high performance athletes – what do they have to say no to in order to get to the top; and the importance of leadership, management, and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.
The seminar is one of the key Mayo events during the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which is taking place from November 11 to 16. The event is being organised by the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF ) and South West Mayo Development Company. Everybody over 16 involved in sport – budding future stars, those who are competing at club, county, or national level now, parents, coaches, and managers are invited to attend this free event. Places can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email [email protected]