female participant rock climbing

Name: Emma Whelan

County: Dublin

Sport: Rock climbing

Athlete Story: We are a very active sporty family, we love going on mountain walks and we have done Hell & Back races.

From a young age I was involved in the football academy and my two brothers still love football.  I used to swim, I was also in Templeogue Club and also did a few galas. I did lifesaving in first year in secondary. I am a very positive happy and quietly confident person.  I love being outdoors and I would encourage everyone to get involved in a group or team sport.  I’ve made so many good friends in doing so.

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

Emma and her family in Vision Sports tshirts, smiling holding a mesh banner

Achievements: My biggest achievement is progressing very quickly through the climbing grades because of dedication and hard work.

Hero: My parents always encourage and 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”.

Advice: 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 and happy. Give everything a go!

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