Meet the Advocate: Roisin Dunne

Last week, we announced the women who are this year's 'Beyond the Finish Line' Advocates. Over the coming days we will be introducing you to each advocate, in their own words. 

Meet Trilogy Triathlon Club's Roisin Dunne!

Roisin Dunne
Triathlon Club: Trilogy Triathlon Club
Age Group: 20-24

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Swim, Bike or Run? Bike 
Swim in Open Water or Pool? Open water 
Favourite post-training snack? Pancakes 
Trail Run or Road Run? Trail run
Sprint, Standard, Middle or Long Distance Triathlon? Standard 
Coffee or Cake? Coffee 
Favourite motivational song? I’m not afraid
One piece of advice for women starting their triathlon journey?
Never say never, this sports will let you achieve things that you thought were impossible before you took part.

I’m currently living in Portlaoise. In May I graduated from Athlone I.T with a degree in Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation. I currently work in Active Body Clinic in Portlaoise as an Athletic Therapist and in Supervalu as I save for a future degree. I also teach Pilates classes to groups and individually. In the evenings and at the weekends I provide pitch side care to teams around the county. In the time that I can fit in then I try swim,cycle and run.

 HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT OF TRIATHLON?

"I used to be a runner and I got injured that stopped me from running for over a year. I couldn’t run but it wasn’t painful to cycle. A friend in the running club was into doing triathlons at the weekends, I would borrow her spare bike and we would go cycling together. She said it would be a great idea to do a relay at TriLaois. I did the cycle part and really enjoyed the buzz on the day. I slowly got back running and went for the full sprint the following year with the guidance and encouragement of the Trilogy triathlon club members. Since then I haven't been able to stay away from the sport!"

 IN WHAT WAY DOES BEING A PART OF A CLUB HELP YOUR TRAINING?

"Being part of the Trilogy triathlon club has created friendships beyond the sport and inspired me to take on challenges in the sport that I would never have taken on without the support of the highly motivated and encouraging members. I was the youngest member in Trilogy for a long time yet its members never left me feeling left out and encouraged me to take part in any races around the country as well as the club races."

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TRIATHLON? 

"For Triathlon, I really enjoy the chance you get to race in pretty places. Laois is landlocked so I don’t get to see the sea too often, usually for a race. If that’s the case I really enjoy the views especially on the bike part maybe a little too much since I find myself day dreaming in most races. The type of people that take part in triathlons I feel have an extra layer of motivation in them as trying to fit in three sports is challenging enough without trying to juggle the balance of life commitments also."

 Plans for the 2020 season? 

"I never have a plan each year as I approach the racing season plans seem to fall into place. I hope to take part in more Olympic events this year and BMW Triathlon National Series races. Last year I did races with Trilogy and really enjoyed the open water races with rolling starts."

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WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT BEING A 'BEYOND THE FINISH LINE' TRIATHLON ADVOCATE?

"As an advocate look forward to meeting the other advocates and hearing their triathlon stories. I look forward to working with triathlon Ireland in encouraging the participation of women in this sport. I hope I will be able to help out in my club in encouraging others to participate in the sport."

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Keep an eye on our website and social channels as we introduce you to another 'Beyond the Finish Line' Advocate tomorrow!