As far as my career was concerned, I had it all figured since 4th year, when my teacher told me I should go for the Gaisce Defence forces 4-day gruelling challenge. It was something that piqued my interest, but I had no idea what to expect. I applied without much thought and to my surprise; a few days later got the call to say I was one of a handful of people chosen in Ireland.
This was an amazing introduction to army life, and it was here that my passion to be in the army was ignited. From this moment on, I was sure I wanted to be a member of the army and wanted a military career. I applied for the army three times in between pursuing my Sport and Exercise Science degree in the UK, but unfortunately I was never successful.
Sport has always been part of my life, so after college my career took the natural direction of health and fitness. Over the years I’ve worked in gyms, Pilates studios and schools. I’ve also been involved in several business ventures: Establishing Grape & Gander, Ireland’s first luxury sportswear brand; innovating equestrian products with my business óR Quine Equestrian; and helping to bring wellness to the world of business with my company Beoga. Although the success of these enterprises may have been hampered by various obstacles and circumstances, I never gave up, and continued to constantly strive for success and put my all into anything I choose to do.
It was actually my mother who first suggested I apply for Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week, and when I heard about it, I knew it was something I needed to take part in. After I was told I’d been chosen, I was apprehensive, but excited to really test my limits and show what I’m made of. Taking part in Hell Week was one of the most difficult and challenging things I’ve ever done, but it taught me so much about myself and has been an invaluable and truly life-changing experience.
The gruelling mental and physical challenges I had to endure and overcome while competing in Hell Week made me realise something about myself. There is a method that I have been subconsciously employing my whole life, to help to push me further than I think I’m capable of going. Whether it be when competing in athletics or show jumping; applying for the army after being rejected; taking on the challenge of starting a new business or pushing myself that extra mile when training, having a complete harmony and balance between mind and body is what has helped me to keep battling through.
After my experience with Hell Week, I finally became fully aware of this process I have been implementing in all aspects of my life. I realized that this was my secret to success, and so I decided to put it all on paper, to properly define and formalize it, so that I can share it and hopefully help others to become capable of pushing through their limits too.