October 26, 2019
What have you ruled out as a possibility for your life? What have you decided is out of your reach. After listening to this episode you might have to think again. When Sinead Diver took on running as a hobbie she already had her life mapped out. She had built her career and her family in Australia. She did not realise that in the years to come, she would be competing at World Championships and potentially the Olympics in Tokyo.
This week, Sinead sat down with Jarlath to walk him through that journey. Sinead explains why she is sick of being judged for her age (11:00
), how she hopes dope testing is catching up with the cheaters (1:19:00
) and, for the first time publicly, Sinead opens up to Jarlath about the 20 years of anxiety that she suffered as a result of the emotional abuse of a school teacher who tried to mentally break her (40:00).
From explaining her internal dialogues while running (32:00), how it felt to achieve a World Championship standard time in her first marathon (27:00), the impact that Sonia O'Sullivan has had on her career (1:06:00) and much more, this is a fascinating conversation with a true Irish sporting legend in the making.
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