On Sunday 10th February in the Pairc Ui Chaoimh conference centre, Cork GAA in association with Corks Red FM played host to a unique event with an audience drawn from Ladies Football, Camogie and the Cork GAA development squads. Players got advice on nutrition, lifestyle management along with insights in to how county stars such as Rena Buckley, Brid Stack and Stephen McDonnell deal with the good and bad days that inter county players encounter.
Chairman of the Cork Health & Well Being Committee, Des Cullinane, welcomed everyone on the evening explaining on how the evening would run and introduced the first speaker on the night
Cork hurler, Stephen McDonnell who gave a presentation based on his Journey to being an elite player with Cork. Once Stephen finished Kevin O Callaghan Games Manager spoke briefly about the benefits of this forum and he introduced Steven Casey, the Cork minor hurling strength and conditioning coach in 2017 and 2018, who gave a presentation on “Lifestyle & Nutrition for the Active Teenager. Once Steven finished Des introduced psychotherapist and cognitive performance coach Conor Quinlan, who spoke to the players and parents about Understanding Mental Health & the Importance of an Athletes Mindset.
While the main conference was going on, the Mentors also got a chance to listen to clinical psychologist , Jennifer Hayes discussing Inside the teenage mind with Psychological tips for mentors followed by a question and answer session for the mentors. Once Jenifer was finished the mentors then got a chance to listen to All-Ireland winning ladies football manager Éamonn Ryan who spoke about managing players and his experience in dealing with players as a mentor and a manager
Once both sets of talks and presentations were finished everyone returned to the main conference room where Cork Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy spoke about how unique this forum was and that it was great to see Cork GAA, Ladies Football and Cork Camogie all combining together to ensure that our young players were able to avail of this great opportunity to come together and share ideas on health and well being for our younger players.
Once Tracey had finished speaking, Cian O’Brien led a discussion with Éamonn Ryan, former Cork players Rena Buckley and Brid Stack relating to their different experiences while playing and training with Cork.
Over all it was great to see so many people attending this forum and well done to everyone involved in organising this event. We would also like to express our thanks to Patrick Doyle Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Ruairi O Hagan from Corks Red Fm., the Cork minor hurling strength and conditioning coach in 2017 and 2018