On Sunday 8th March International Women's Day was celebrated around the world and I'm delighted that coinciding with this important date in our calendar our next guest of the podcast is proud Corkonian and fabulous female Olympian Lizzie Lee.
Lizzie's sporting success speaks for itself, from triathlon and aquathon success to cross country and marathon running there is nothing this hugely energetic and determined athlete can not do and in fact that is her motto; 'You can do anything you set your mind to.'
She is Ireland's fifth-fastest Irish female marathon runner ever and captained the Irish women’s Cross Country team who won bronze at the European Cross Country Championships in 2015. She was also part of the team who won gold at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2012.
We get a glimpse into her life before sport, her support networks who have helped to shape her success in sport and beyond and we hear how one pivotal conversation led to her life-changing decision to pursue some lofty sporting goals and make them a reality.
We chat about her Road to Rio and that perfect day at Dublin Marathon 2018 where she was crowned national Marathon Champion taking 3rd place overall in the women's race and one of her proudest moments in sport.
Lizzie and I knew each other from our days in University College Cork, she was studying electrical engineering and I was studying commerce, you’ll hear some references to ‘Josie' by Lizzie which is what people used to call me in my days of life on the campus at University College Cork, (we had a good giggle about this before we went live with the recording). You’ll also hear some gurgling and baby noises in the background of Lizzie’s three-month-old Jess who joined us in her swing and on the couch during the interview.
I hope you enjoy the show, it was a lot of fun to record.
Stay safe and keep washing your hands!!