Members Monday – Emma Whelan

This week Vision Sports Ireland caught up with Emma Whelan. Emma is 15 years old.  She is the eldest her family, she has two brothers Josh 13 & Aaron 10.

2. How did you first get involved sport ?

We are a very active sporty family, we love going on mountain walks & we have done hell & back.

From a young age I was involved in the football academy & my two brothers still love football.  I used to swim, I was also in Templeogue club & also did a few galas. I did lifesaving in first year in secondary. 

3. What is it that you enjoy most about sports and physical activity?

I am a very positive happy & quietly confident person.  I love being outdoors & I would encourage everyone to get involved in a group or team sport.  I’ve made so many good friends.  

I have recently started Rock climbing & I’m enjoying learning new skills. Rock climbing can be competitive but for me at the moment it’s about practicing & improving my technique.  

4. What would you consider to be your biggest sporting achievement to date big or small?

My biggest achievement is progressing very quickly through the climbing grades & that’s because I’m so dedicated & work hard. 

5. Who do you admire most and why?

My parents always encourage & support me in everything I do, I admire my dad as he ran the Dublin Marathon in 2017, he always says “believe in yourself & you can achieve anything”. 

6. What does sport mean to you?

Sports is a great way to meet new people, keep yourself fit in fun exciting way. Sport can be competitive but for me it’s about being part of a team that makes you feel safe & happy. 


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