This week, we’re getting to know Ireland U21 hockey team player, Aine Curran, a little bit better!
Hailing from Kilkenny, Ireland, Aine joined us at Manchester Metropolitan University this academic year, to study Physiotherapy after previously studying Public Health and Health Promotion at University College Cork in her home country.
On the hockey pitch, Aine has enjoyed fantastic success as part of the U21 Ireland Hockey team who, last season, earned gold at the European Championships!
We spoke to Aine about how she got involved with her sport, her future ambitions and aspirations and why she loves being a high performance athlete!
How did you get involved with hockey?
“I was introduced to hockey through my PE classes at my secondary school in Kilkenny.”
What are your greatest sporting achievements?
“Definitely becoming a gold medallist at the Europeans with the U21 Ireland team. Some of my other favourite achievements were earning gold in the Celtic Cup and being part of the Irish University team.”
What are your notable achievements outside of your sport?
“I achieved an honours degree in Public Health and Health Promotion at University College Cork, and a diploma in Sport ConneX Leadership from Ulster University. I’m also a grade 6 in the flute!”
Why did you choose to study Physiotherapy?
“It has always been my ambition to become a physiotherapist after my interaction with physios through playing my sport. I’ve developed such a respect for the profession, that I really want to be able to help others in a similar way to how physiotherapists have helped me.”
What are your future ambitions and aspirations?
“Off the pitch, I want to graduate and become successful in my chosen career. On the pitch, I want to represent Ireland at a senior level and would like to win some BUCS titles with the University club.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
“My parents, who are also my number one fans!”
What is the best part about being a high performance athlete?
“The opportunity to travel and play a sport that I love and gain exposure to some incredibly skilled coaches and background teams. I’ve also made some great friendships through my sport.”
What advice would you give to a young athlete?
“Always aim high. Train and work hard both on and off the pitch and always remember that sometimes it is the things you do when no one is watching that help you reach your goal.”