“It’s a Perfect Weekend” with Wexford Camogie Star, Kate Kelly
With four All-Ireland medals and nine All-Star Awards to her credit, Kate Kelly is one of Camogie’s most successful players. A threat to every defence, the face-paced attacker has caused untold damage by racking up score after score since joining the Wexford team back in 2001. Catching up RSVP’s Mikie O’Loughlin, Kate chats about what a typical championship weekend consists of, her dream of tackling the Inca trail and finally getting over the line in Wexford’s famous 2007 Croke Park appearance.
On a championship weekend, Friday would always be a relaxing evening for me. I like to chill out, maybe go to the cinema and take in as many carbs as possible. I try not to use too much of my energy and pack my gear for the day ahead.
Saturday is all about getting a good breakfast and getting mentally prepared for the match. Depending on the venue and time of the game, I might prepare a lunch and sort out my meal prep. There is always big analysis after big game and I try unwind whenever I get home.
Sunday means recovery, whether it is at club training or at the beach. I love to get into the water because it loosens the legs and hips. Even though it is freezing, it feels great and recovery has been a big factor for me over the past couple of seasons.
If there are no games on, I like to head out with my sisters on Saturday night. It is great to catch up with the girls in Wexford Town.
At a Glance
The quick fire round
What do you work as? I am an IT and card services manager in Waterford Institute of Technology.
What car do you drive? An audi A4
Where do you live? Galbally
Do you have any pets? No
We want to know
Your favourite things
Favourite city: Rome, or somewhere in Italy
Favourite sweet treat: Biscuits with tea
Favourite perfume: Marc Jacobs or Jo Malone
Favourite to cook, your signature dish: Steak, roast vegetables and sweet potato.
Favourite colour: Pink or purple
Tell us more
If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? Last meal? Oh wow. A nice Cajun chicken salad to start, followed by steak and chips. For dessert, my mam’s apple crumble with cream.
What is your dream holiday? I would love to do the Inca Trail in South America or I would like to hit Asia, maybe Thailand.
Have you had any embarrassing moments, on or off the pitch? Nothing springs to mind, or maybe I am too embarrassed to tell you.
An insight into… Being an All-star Camogie Player
Who is the toughest opponent you have faced? There has been a lot over years; they have all been quite tough. Cork’s Gemma O’Connor has so much physical strength, Jacqui Frisby of Kilkenny has always been tough and then Therese Maher or Anne Marie Starr from Galway.
Who is the biggest messer in the Wexford dressing room? Una Lacey.
Do you have any superstitions? I am not very superstitious and I try not to let things like that get in my head before a match.
All-stars, Leinster championships, national leagues and four All-Ireland’s- what moment sticks out for you? Winning the All-Ireland Semi Final in 2007 was very special, finally getting over the line and heading for Croke Park. We didn’t know what to expect and the four weeks leading up to the final were magic. Listening to the national anthem is also one of the standout memories of being on the pitch with the rest of the team.
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