An absent name from last weekend’s national indoor championships in Dublin was Carrick-On-Shannon’s Ger O’Donnell.
O’Donnell’s absence however was simply down to planning. The 2015 national indoor 60 metre champion and silver medallist in 2016 and 2017 has his eyes on a big prize.
“It’s the first year now that I have skipped the indoors” O’Donnell told Shannonside Sport. “Over the last couple of years I’ve picked up a few injuries and such.”
“There’s one championships that I want to compete in and that’s the European outdoors championships in Berlin, so I wanted a healthy run at the summer.”
“As much as I would like to compete, myself and my coach Jeremy (Lyons) decided it might be better to limit races before the summer.”
29-year-old O’Donnell is now based in Dublin to complete a coaching science masters in UCD. O’Donnell admits the change in his career came when he moved to Dublin.
“There is no track in Carrick, the closest track is Sligo” declared O’Donnell. “To do the realty high quality stuff you need to have the facilities nearby, so you can do the training every day of the week.”
“When I was training in Athlone I was really training on my own” O’Donnell explained. “So I couldn’t get the right stuff done. It was only when I moved to Dublin in 2014 that I was able to get the proper gym stuff done.”
“I was working with my coach every day and I then I was able to get a lot of work done with John Russell in Dromod to get me healthy and in one piece.”
“It’s been worth it, In the last year three I’ve won three national titles indoor and outdoors and gone to a European indoor championships.”
Listen to the full interview, Ger O’Donnell speaking to Dave Hooper