Get­ting a grip

“I would love to be more pro­duc­tive out­side of train­ing.”

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - The Shape I’m In - Irene Feighan

WHILE most sec­ondary school teach­ers are free and easy dur­ing the sum­mer months, An­thony Nash can only think of the next match. A teacher at Mitchel­stown CBS boys school, the Cork in­tercounty hurl­ing goal­keeper will be stay­ing close to home.

“I’m not able to go on hol­i­days dur­ing the sum­mer be­cause of matches and train­ing,” says the 32-year-old. “But I’m mak­ing use of the rest— my com­mute to work is 45 min­utes each way.”

He also ap­pre­ci­ates hav­ing more time at home. To ac­com­mo­date his train­ing sched­ule dur­ing term time, two to three­days a week he will leave for work at 7.30am, not get­ting home un­til 10pm.

His part­ner Natalia is from Poland — “my Pol­ish is ter­ri­ble” — and their son Luke is 13 months old. “It’s a fan­tas­tic change to life,” he says of fa­ther­hood. Luke has a hur­ley and slio­tar but it’s just for fun. “What­ever he wants to do sports­wise, there’s no prob­lem. And if he has no in­ter­est in sport, that’s no prob­lem too. I want him to be happy.”

I An­thony Nash is an am­bas­sador for Lloyds Phar­ma­cys’ Get to Grips with Di­a­betes cam­paign

What shape are you in? I play in goal, so, ob­vi­ously, I wouldn’t be as ac­tive dur­ing games as out­field play­ers, so I have to try pick up ex­tra ses­sions when pos­si­ble to watch my fit­ness and weight. I’m very lucky, we have a great fit­ness team with Cork [GAA]. I try to stay in good shape through­out the year.

What are your health­i­est eat­ing habits?

I try to eat well ev­ery day. Un­for­tu­nately, I find it easy to pile on the pounds so I mon­i­tor my car­bo­hy­drate in­take. When I have time, I make healthy break­fasts. I love eggs and make omelettes when time al­lows. Por­ridge is one thing I fit in most days.

What are your guilti­est plea­sures?

Any­thing un­healthy. Burg­ers, piz­zas, the list goes on. I don’t eat these in sea­son — I have to say that in case my coach reads this — but in the off sea­son, I find it harder to say no.

What would keep you awake at night?

My son Luke most nights. I love to sleep, but some­times I find it hard to un­wind af­ter a game when your mind is still rac­ing or think­ing about how it went. I could find my­self hav­ing a star­ing com­pe­ti­tion with the ceil­ing at two or three in the morn­ing.

How do you re­lax? Golf. I ab­so­lutely love play­ing it. I find it dif­fi­cult to fit it in as much as I would like to be­cause I wouldn’t play too close to matches. I find it is the best way to un­wind and get away from hurl­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, with the weather we have, the sea­son is short so I try to get out as much as pos­si­ble.

Who would you in­vite to your dream din­ner party? I am a big Manch­ester United fan and I’d love to meet and talk with Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

The suc­cess he has had in soc­cer and the sto­ries he must have gath­ered over the years would be bril­liant to hear.

What’s your favourite smell? I love the smell of fresh cut grass. It is also a sign that good weather is around and sum­mer is near.

What would you like to change about your ap­pear­ance?

I think most peo­ple ac­cept the way they are and get on with it. When you are younger you might wish to change things, but af­ter a while, peo­ple learn to ac­cept what you have.

When is the last time you cried?

This is the time to try to be ma­cho and say I never do. But I was lucky to have had a son and when he was born would have been a time where I did.

What traits do you least like in oth­ers?

Bad man­ners.

What traits do you least like about your­self?

Out­side of sport, some­times I can get lazy, the couch be­comes very ap­peal­ing and hours go by. I love watch­ing sports on tele­vi­sion and can spend too much time watch­ing them. I would love to be more pro­duc­tive in my time off out­side of train­ing.

Do you pray? I was very lucky to be raised in a re­li­gious house and both sides of my fam­ily have strong re­li­gious be­liefs. I don’t pray as much as I should, but I do so oc­ca­sion­ally. I bless my­self be­fore I put on a jersey and say a quick prayer be­fore I go on the pitch. I am also lucky to have grand­par­ents who say enough prayers dur­ing the games to cover any I have missed.

What would cheer up your day?

I love go­ing on hol­i­days, I love sun­shine and re­lax­ing in warm weather. We, un­for­tu­nately, don’t get enough here in Ire­land. I love go­ing for a cof­fee with friends or fam­ily.

BAL­ANC­ING ACT: Cork se­nior hurler An­thony Nash with a bag of sugar on his hur­ley is an am­bas­sador for Lloyd’s Phar­ma­cies’ Get to Grips with Di­a­betes cam­paign.

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