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Wakeboard Champion David O’Caoimh Opens Up About His Phenomenal Sport

  • Published in Sports

  • David O’Caoimh (you say it like David O’ Queeve) just turned 23 late last year. He has already accomplished many things. A frequent winner in the World Cup Championships, he usually wakes up early in the morning.He devotes the rest of the day to his wakeboarding. This also involves him teaching enthusiastic first timers learning the tricks. It ends with him uploading the day’s events on his YouTube channel, thus inspiring thousands of youths all over the world.

    He loves interacting with his students and fans.

    “I love doing what I love, which is mostly wakeboarding!! But I also love having the craic with the lads, cars, and going for a bounce on the trampoline!”

    It is a great pleasure to have an interview with him. This was done when he was in Dubai and it’s just a spur- of -the -moment decision when I realised we have been chatting through social media that time. If you haven’t yet, do add him :

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbc8Ap_hqxOqSLweAPeRJvA

    http://instagram.com/davidocaoimh">http://instagram.com/davidocaoimh

    What got you into wakeboarding?

    My parents used to do a lot of windsurfing up on a lake in Cavan. I was young at the time so never really got into it. Then our neighbour got a speed boat and so I used to go waterskiing on weekends with him (this is when I was about 5 haha) and then I did that for about 5 years. Then when I was 10 I discovered wakeboarding…. and boom! I’ve been hooked since!

    Is it popular in Ireland?

    It’s growing massively here in Ireland! We have had an increase in parks and wakeboard clubs opening around the country, and this is awesome as it brings new people to the sport. It’s actually amazing to see all the fresh faces at the parks and also at the grassroots competitions! The awareness has gotten to a new level. Nobody used to know what Wakeboarding was in Ireland 5 years ago. Now most people do. Particularly the younger generations!

    What are the benefits of wakeboarding?

    The benefits are insane. Mentally and physically no matter what age, or level you’re at. After your first time wakeboarding, you’ll find muscles you never you knew had, and they will be sore! haha But good sore! It’s amazing fitness and it’s brilliant as you don’t notice yourself doing the exercise like you would in a gym. It’s very easy to motivate yourself.

    Mentally, like any sport it’s phenomenal. It really makes you focus, but the best thing it does, is it often gives you the sense of achievement from progress. Like when you land something new you really are buzzing with pride and joy, and I think that’s a good feeling to have for anyone and everyone!

    What’s your advice to someone who hasn’t done this but who is planning to get into the sport?

    I guess my biggest advice to someone who is thinking of getting into the sport is; ‘DO IT!!’. Like it really is amazing. Obviously I’m going to say that, but it’s funny, I’ve been teaching a few ‘first timers’ lately, and they are genuinely shocked at how much they enjoy it. I will personally guarantee you, no matter how old, young, small or tall you are, you will walk away with a big fat smile on your face! So my advice, is do it, and go from there!

    You’ve won many awards since 2011! You are quite famous. What’s the advantage of having your name up there among the top athletes of the world?

    Hahah, thank you! Yeah it’s been a crazy few years and I’m grateful for every single one of them. There’s a lot of great advantages, but theres one that really sticks out, and that is ‘Opportunity’. I was in school and then college until mid 2013, and then I guess I was in a position where I would just about be able to go full time into the sport that I love. I know if things hadn’t have gone well for the 2 years before hand that I would have never have had the opportunity to do this. So I guess that’s the biggest advantage! 

    You are in Dubai right? How do you prepare physically and mentally for your hectic schedules?

    Yes, I’m in Dubai right now, it’s an incredible place! haha it’s difficult to prepare! I mean it’s difficult and easy at the same time. Difficult because it’s hard to maintain a good diet when traveling, as well as it actually takes it’s toll on how often you can train. In July or August I could be going to 3 competition, in 3 different countries, in 3 weeks. Which by the time you travel doesn’t leave much time to train. So I just try and train as hard and as well as I can when I am home and have the time!

    It’s also easy though. Like travelling is really great, if I wasn’t doing what I’m doing, I’d probably be saving up all my money from my job to go on holidays. So it’s actually a good thing! haha.

    What are your memorable experiences being there?

    My most memorable experience in Dubai?! I’m going to have to go with the culture! It’s way different. Very similar to the ‘American Dream’, but at the same time very multi-cultured. It’s weird. But I’ve enjoyed taking it all in and meeting people from all over the world working here in various industries!

    That, and also, I think I’ve realised here that I actually enjoy coaching! haha. It sounds crazy but I never used to do much coaching, probably because I was a shy child, but I’m really enjoying it here and it’s made me want to do more of it!

    What’s next after Dubai?

    I come home from Dubai late Saturday (9th April). I’ll maybe chill a bit on Sunday with my friends and family, and then that week I’m going to just go back to normal, wakeboarding everyday at home and eating home cooked meals! hahah. I am also very very close to launching a new online coaching site (DOCWAKE) so I’ll be working hard to get that up by mid April! Then I have a few bits and bobs around the country before I head to Spain at the beginning of May!  

    Your message to enthusiasts/subscribers of your YouTube channel?

    My message to my subscribers and followers. I guess I’ve never thought of that…. I don’t really preach anything or have a direct message to them. I hope they see how I don’t take everything too seriously and just enjoy myself with my friends doing what I love. I hope that they take a bit of that and apply it to themselves and their own lives, as well as maybe just being fit, healthy and happy! Lately I try to do tutorial videos for wakeboarding so that they can feel that progression feeling because for me that’s the best feeling in the world!

Original link: http://expatspost.com/entertainment/wakeboard-champion-david-ocaoimh-opens-up-about-his-phenomenal-sport/

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Enya 'has done so well and is a superstar', says sister Moya Brennan

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Clannad star Moya Brennan has revealed her famous family band have always very proud of the success of her enigmatic superstar sister, Enya.

Her fame-shy younger sister has amazed industry experts by becoming Ireland’s most successful solo artist.

Enya has sold 80 million albums around the globe without ever going on a concert tour and makes only rare public appearances.

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In a new BBC series, Beart is Briathar, Moya explains that her Grammy-winning sibling always wanted to go her own way.

She said: “She has done so well and is a superstar. People see that she is special.

“She toured with us after she left school and she stayed for two and a half or three years.

"She wanted to do her own thing. She had a more classical than traditional leaning.

“She worked so hard on finding her own sound, the way she sings, the way she plays everything on her recordings and it is special and people love it.

“We are very happy for her. Her style was self-contained. We respect her for that because that’s how she wants to be known.

“We are very close of course but she has her way and we have our way. I have other brothers and sisters too and we all have our own way of going on.”

The new Irish language series, fronted by Eamonn Mallie, is set to feature a string of well-known Irish-speaking personalities who have made an impact culturally, politically, religiously or musically.

In the series, Moya Brennan reveals how all of her siblings were around her father, Leo Brennan, last year in Donegal in the weeks before he passed away last June.

“It was tough but he died at home and we were all there.

“We had a few weeks with him, singing, and crying and praying. It was really lovely but we will certainly miss him.”

She said the death of her uncle Padraig Duggan, the founder of Clannad, just weeks later was devastating.

She said: “People say to me they were sorry about my uncle.

“I have to pause because her wasn’t like an uncle to me, he was more like a brother. He was only a few years older than me.

“Because he was in Clannad for 46 years we spent a lot of time together so I grieved when my father died but maybe because both deaths happened together I was terribly upset about Padraig.

“He was only 67. This was the first member of Clannad to die.”

Padraig Duggan was involved in composing the first Irish-language song to feature in the UK charts, the 1982 theme from Harry’s Game.

Moya said they were amazed at the success of the song they performed on Top of the Pops.

She said: “When we started Clannad we had no plans to make it big or make a lot of money or find a new sound. The sound that merged for Harrys Game was natural and I think that’s what everyone liked.”

She also spoke about the band being naïve and being ripped off during their early days.

“There were very few people especially at that time who didn’t have people take advantage of them. There are people like Elton John and Sting who all suffered. It happens, but as long as we have our music that is the important thing.”

She also opened up about her well-documented battle with drink and drugs when she first shot to fame in Clannad.

“You can get into a bad routine and it can happen easily. I was drinking too much and taking drugs. I didn’t look for them. There were always people approaching you and asking you what you wanted. I was always careful of what I took as well. I was always afraid of harder drugs, I followed the wrong path for a while.”

In recent decades she has been on a path of deep spirituality after finding God.

“I couldn’t get up in the morning if I didn’t know God was on my side. Of course, I have questions but I believe in God. Faith is a very special thing. Everyone needs spirituality. I believe in Jesus Christ and I know when I get up in the morning He is with me.

She said she has found happiness with her husband and their two children, Aisling and Paul, in the last three decades.

She said it was love at first sight when she met the photographer, Tim Jarvis.

She said: “He is an amazing man. We fell in love the first time we met. We now have a son and a daughter and I’m very content and proud.”

And she said one of her favourites pastimes is housework when she returns from tours around the globe.

“When you are off on tour, you’re in and out of hotels, you are on stage in green rooms, in make-up, tuning the harp and doing other things.

“I don’t do it every week so I enjoy housework. I enjoy doing, laundry, the ironing, everything, Isn’t that boring? It is therapeutic to me.”

 

BY Irish Mirror

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