Name: Katie Mullan
Age: 22
Hometown: Coleraine
Occupation: Student at UCD, studying a Masters in Biomedical Engineering
Teams representing: UCD, Irish Senior Women


1. What first inspired you to take up sport?
Having two older brothers meant I didn’t have much choice in the matter when told to stand in the soccer net. My competitive nature grew from the idea of beating them at anything so I began to try every sport out there. As a family we loved the outdoors.

2. Did friends, family or school play a factor in taking up sport?
My parents took us all along to every sports club imaginable from a young age, from golf to wakeboarding, where I made many friends for life.

3. Were you nervous when you first started? If so, how did you overcome this?
Yes, I still get nervous when I play at international level. I think the best way is to embrace your nerves, understand that it is a good feeling and that they highlight your passion and desire. It is always important to remember times when you have been successful if you are very nervous.

4. Was there a point at which your interest in hockey began to grow, in terms of pursing this as your main sport?
In 2010 I went to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore with the Irish Under 17s and following this I had a desire to get a senior international cap and push to someday go to a Senior Olympic Games and Hockey World Cup.


5. What are some of your main sporting achievements to date?
My 100th Cap for Ireland, aged 22 is a key one for me. Some team achievements include Irish Senior Cup 2014, Irish Hockey League 2014, Bronze in the 2012 Champions Challenge and Silver in the 2014 Champions Challenge.

6. How does it feel to represent Ireland, and to have gained 100 caps by 22?
I feel extremely privileged to have represented my country over 100 times; I remember my first cap like it was yesterday. We are blessed with the opportunity of playing at least 25 international caps each year but I am so proud each time I pull on the shirt. It is a huge benefit to get world-class experience at a young age.

7. How do you think you have managed to progress to the position you are in now as a highly successful athlete?
I believe that time management and drive are two of the most important factors to being a successful young athlete. You have to be incredibly disciplined to ensure you get the balance right between your sporting career and work or study. I ensure to dedicate time to close friends and family because they provide the necessary support to help reach your potential.

8. Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
I would like to see myself as a fully qualified Biomedical Engineer having played in a major international tournament.


9. What are the three best things about being a sportsperson?
Representing your country, the friends I have made and the countries I have got to travel to.

10. What advice would you provide to; A: girls considering taking up sport? B: Girls who are hesitant about continuing with performance squads in light of having to find a balance between their sporting and academic lives?
A: Sport has taught me some of the most important life lessons. It has helped me develop values I may not otherwise have and, best of all, it has pushed me way beyond my comfort zone! The friendships I have made are easily some of the best I have.
B: I have found sport the best release when the pressure comes on academically. During intense study periods I have found my hockey to be a great way to clear my mind and reset. It reduces the stress levels and helps you to apply yourself much better.

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