Our “Meet The” series continues this week with our Chairperson Rebecca McEvoy.
- Where are you from?
Ballinhassig in Co. Cork
- How long have you been a club member?
I’d say I joined the Barrs around 2008/2009 after running with Belgooly AC as a juvenile.
- What was it attracted you to join St Finbarr’s?
Well I don’t think I ever really had any other choice! My parents met in St. Finbarr’s and are still active members today. I don’t think there was ever going to be another club for me!
- What is the best part of being a club member?
I love the social side and team spirit in St. Finbarr’s. I love meeting everyone at the training sessions during the week. I also love going to races and seeing so many Barrs singlets around.
- Who is your athletics idol/hero?
Growing up I always wanted to be Sonia O’Sullivan. I loved watching her in the Olympics and World Championships battling for medals.
At the moment I love following Ciara Mageean and seeing how well she’s doing on the world stage.
- What is your favourite athletics event?
I think I probably love racing 5km the most, also like a 3km on the track though!
- What club achievement are you most proud of?
I think it’s amazing to see our club members compete in so many different events across such a range of distances. We got sprinters and marathons and it’s great to see our club represented in so many different disciplines and events.
I also think our club has done a fantastic job organising hosting the Cork City 10 Miler every year. You’d be surprised by the amount of work that goes into it!!
- What personal achievement in your time at St Finbarr’s are you most proud of? That’s a hard one too, but probably coming 5th in the National Senior Road Relays in Raheny last year with Orla Byrne and Martina Kiely.
- What is your goal as Chairperson for 2024?
The club is in a great place at the moment so it would be great to continue building on all the positive momentum. I would like to encourage more people to try out track races and enter more championship events.
- Who is your “one to watch” for 2024?
That’s a tough one, there are loads of great up and comers in the club at the moment!
Cian Kelly is definitely one to watch, smashing PBs every weekend. It’s been great too to watch Darragh Mulcahy race on the track at nationals, I’m sure he has a great summer ahead. I think Orla Byrne is in for a great year too, so she’ll be one to watch on the women’s side.
Thanks Rebecca, some great answers there.😃
Wishing you the very best for the year ahead as Chairperson.