Rais­ing the bar

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Bríd Stack | The Shape I’m In -

CORK ladies’ foot­baller Bríd Stack knows what’s at stake when she lines out with the rebel team against Kerry in Kil­lar­ney’s Fitzger­ald Sta­dium to­mor­row evening. “It’s a win-at-all-costs match to get into the Mun­ster fi­nal. Hope­fully, we’ve re-grouped very well and that we’ve trained as well as we know we can in the build-up to this game — that we go out and put on a good per­for­mance,” says the Rockchapel woman, who says this year has brought new chal­lenges to the team.

“We got a new man­ager last year, which meant big tran­si­tion and lots of ex­pec­ta­tions on ev­ery­one. This year, a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers have moved on and that brings new chal­lenges — it means new lead­ers and play­ers must come to the fore.”

A sec­ondary teacher, Bríd loves the bal­ance of teach­ing PE and maths. She had 26 third years sit­ting Ju­nior Cert maths this month. “Of course I’m think­ing of them — you just hope they do them­selves jus­tice and show off all they’ve learned,” says the 31-year-old.

Mar­ried just six months to pri­mary school teacher Carthach Keane, the cou­ple live in Bish­op­stown.

Bríd is brand am­bas­sador for Topaz Cash for Clubs 2017 — a na­tion­wide com­mu­nity-based ini­tia­tive that sup­ports clubs of all sizes with cash in­vest­ment. What shape are you in?

I’m in good enough shape. I’ve been car­ry­ing a few in­juries but now, hope­fully, I’m in fly­ing fit form for the cham­pi­onships. If I wasn’t look­ing af­ter my­self, I’d be sus­cep­ti­ble to putting on weight but I lis­ten to my body and I know what to do to look af­ter my­self. What are your health­i­est eat­ing habits?

My hus­band’s re­ally into healthy eat­ing, which keeps me on track. He’s al­ways home be­fore me with din­ner ready. He’s a good cook and keeps things var­ied. He’s into fish and sweet potato and al­ways finds a way to get veg into ev­ery din­ner — I’m not mad into veg­eta­bles. I al­ways eat break­fast. Ev­ery morn­ing with­out fail, I take pro­bi­otic, multi-vi­ta­min and fish oil tablet. I’d have por­ridge be­fore work but in sum­mer I go for a smoothie or protein shake. I drink lots of wa­ter. What are your guilti­est plea­sures?

99s — 100%. I’d eat 99s all day long — I might need to go to a cou­ple of sup­port meet­ings! I’m ob­sessed with them. I never de­prive my­self — if you limit your­self, you’d live a very bor­ing life. What would keep you awake at night? Maybe some­thing that hap­pened through­out the day. But more of­ten than not, it’s look­ing at my phone. I’d be read­ing up on sports, na­tional and en­ter­tain­ment news and check­ing so­cial me­dia. I’m cut­ting it out at night-time for the sum­mer though — I’m start­ing Lent on it! I know it can stop you re­lax­ing. How do you re­lax?

When I’m phys­i­cally ac­tive, I’m def­i­nitely hap­pi­est. Carthach and I live close to a pitch and we of­ten go over for a puck around. Or we’d go for a walk. I also love go­ing to watch sport. And I love meet­ing my friends and go­ing home to my mum and dad. Who would you in­vite to your dream din­ner party?

I’ll have to say Him­self first. My sis­ter, Muire­ann — she’s the hap­pi­est per­son I know, along with com­edy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I just love their quick wit. What’s your favourite smell?

Tom Ford Black Orchid. Carthach bought it for me years ago. I’ve loved it ever since. It was the scent I wore for my wed­ding. What would you like to change about your ap­pear­ance?

To have nat­u­rally blonde hair — I’ll have to fake it ’til I make it! When is the last time you cried?

When I watched My Sis­ter’s Keeper — I don’t know why I did it to my­self. I cried solid. It’s just a very sad story. What traits do you least like in oth­ers?

Dis­hon­esty and lack of ini­tia­tive — I love some­one be­ing in­trin­si­cally mo­ti­vated and pas­sion­ate about some­thing in their life, some­one who just goes out and makes things hap­pen for them­selves. What traits do you least like about your­self?

My late­ness — I def­i­nitely need to im­prove on that. If I’m meet­ing up with the girls, they kind of know I’ll be five or 10 min­utes late. Do you pray?

I do. Mum and Dad are de­vout Catholics. I go to Mass as of­ten as I can. It was very im­por­tant to me to get mar­ried in my lo­cal church with the lo­cal priest. What would cheer up your day?

There would have to be a 99 in the day! Plus hav­ing the craic with my friends and hus­band — I love be­ing around pos­i­tive peo­ple.

He­len O’Cal­laghan

“When I’m phys­i­cally ac­tive, I’m def­i­nitely hap­pi­est”

Pic­ture: INPHO/James Crom­bie

TOP CLASS: Cash for Clubs Topaz am­bas­sador Bríd Stack loves the bal­ance of teach­ing PE and maths.

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