That sense of freedom. There's nothing like it in the world. When I first sat in my bike, I couldn’t have imagined the places that it would take me to and the success it would bring. From the lows of my accident to the elation of winning for my country on the world stage. I have enjoyed success at a level I never dreamed of and now I am totally driven to replicate that success again on the road to Rio in 2016.
You don’t just do it for the glory, but winning sure feels good. I have always loved competing in sports and that didn't change after my accident. To compete against the best in the world and come out on top is a special feeling, especially in my country’s colours. To do it repeatedly is what distinguishes a true champion. To do that takes immense discipline and huge sacrifces both personally and financially.
Always pushing to be the best. No matter what sport I was playing, I always believed I could reach the top. That only comes with a rigid and disciplined training regime, pretty much 24/7, 365 days a year. Rio 2016 is now looming on the horizon and my sport of handcycling is stacked with a formidable number of competitors. To be a repeat Paralympic Champion I will make more personal sacrifices. To reach the podium in Rio 2016 will take all my focus and more.
If you believe in limits, you’re defeated before you begin. Since I was a young kid I've been a fan of the GAA and obsessed with sport in general. I was extremely proud to play for my club Castledaly and my county Westmeath, I'm still involved with the county team, consulting and motivational speaking.
I also get the chance to talk to Provincial Rugby teams, individual elite athletes and a wide variety of company's worldwide, sharing my experiences with them whilst also learning from each experience myself. The biggest challenges I’ve faced have also led to my greatest successes and sharing those experiences has helped me to motivate others.