Sarah Lavin - 100m Hurdles Champion
Sarah Lavin and Conal Duffy, Activities Director at the May Festival 2013
Sarah Lavin (19) is a brilliant ambassador for HSE Community Games!! She is a past participant and is always willing to help us out when she can.
On 20th July 2013, she landed the silver medal in the Women's 100m Hurdles, setting a new national junior record of 13.34 seconds, at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy.
We were lucky enough to interview Sarah.
1 Sarah, first of all, congratulations on setting a new National Record and your silver medal in Italy! You must be delighted. In preparing for an event like this, how long must you train every day?
"Thank you! I train 6 days a week but I only run for 3 or 4 of those. My sessions last from 1.5 - 2 hours whether it is gym, hurdles or just flat running."
2.When did you first realise you had a talent for Hurdles?
"I took up hurdling when I was 15 but I have been sprinting since I was 7. I went over a hurdle messing one day and from then I just took to it naturally."
3. What advice would you give to young people who have an interest in Athletics?
"It is so important to enjoy it. I also think you should try lots of different events. I went from sprints to long jump to cross-country to hurdles. I even did some shot putt and high jump at different stage when I was younger! There is something for everyone."
4. Do you think there is a link between sport/physical activity, eating well and feeling good about yourself?
"Definitely! Exercise alone releases endorphins that make you feel happier in yourself. It makes you look physically better too which also just makes you feel good about yourself. I think you should enjoy your food and occasionally have those days where you know you don't eat too well but everyone knows themselves what is actually acceptable."
5. How can we encourage young people to dream big, like you've done?
"Always believe in what you want to achieve in life. There are plenty of people out there that will want to knock you along the way and you can't take what they say too seriously."
6. What is your fondest memory of taking part in the Community Games?
"I don't think I could pick one. I remember the excitement in preparing for the party at the end always!! Winning the relay on my last year u16 along with the 100m was so great especially when I had my friends there with me."
7. Thanks so much Sarah, and best if luck in all your new races. What's next for you?
"I am competing at the National Seniors this weekend and after that hopefully a big break before I start training again for next season in September."
Interviewed by HSE Community Games Staff - 24th July 2013