NAME: Shannon Clawson

SPORTS: Athletics, Rowing, GAA, Dancing.

How did you become involved in your sport?

RUNNING came easy to me as I always enjoyed it at a young age to keep me fit and it worked well for my dancing. Rowing and GAA are team sports, which I joined with my friends.

What is it that you love about your sport?

RUNNING is a sociably active sport where you can run with the club and your friends. I love the fact that you can run outside freely.

What are your earliest sporting memories?

MY EARLIEST sporting memories were when I ran with my dad preparing for the Cross-Country Championships for my school.

Who was, or is, your biggest influence?

THE biggest influences would be all the coaches at the running club, rowing club and Gaels, who put in so much valued time to help us excel in our sport.

Who do you look up to in your chosen sport?

I ADMIRE Mo Farrah, who is a multiple Olympic, World and European champion.

Could you give us an example of what a typical week involves for yourself?

A NORMAL week training would see a couple of sessions with Enniskillen Running Club. I could attend three rowing sessions a week, and dance two or three times a week. I would adopt my training for competitions.

What do you think is the key to being successful in sport?

THE key to success is consistency, enjoyment and always listen to your coaches. ‘Every day you are learning.’

What have been your biggest successes, to date?

I WON the Fermanagh Cross-Country Championships for the four years that I competed and I was second in the E-District Championships. I was also part of the school team that was first at the Cross-Country Championships, while I was third in the U-18 Girls section at the Enniskillen Spooktacular.

In GAA, I was part of the Enniskillen Gaels U-14 team that won the 2020 league, and in rowing I completed the 580km Challenge for the rowing club in 15 days, being the first girl home. In Irish Dancing, I was in the top ten in the Worlds and the top three in America and Britain.

What are your goals for the future?

TO DEVELOP in my sports and to achieve my goals, which are to row in the Irish Championships, play Gaelic in Croke Park, and win the Worlds in Irish Dancing.