Live Twitter QnA with Irish Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy

By Liberty Insurance Ireland on 26 May 2016

There aren’t many famous sailors hailing from these shores but most people recognise Annalise Murphy, 2013 European Champion and one of the great young Irish sporting hopes of her generation.

Annalise has a busy summer ahead of her; she’s off to Rio to compete in the Olympics and so we were delighted she took the time out of her busy training regime to take part in a live Twitter QnA session with us.

Q1.) ‪@Annalise_Murphy‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ what keeps you motivated? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@orlaithhurley‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. Getting up every day doing something I love keeps me motivated and dreaming about an Olympic medal! ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Q2.) ‪@Annalise_Murphy‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ What would be the dream scenario in Rio? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@ByrneDec‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. The dream scenario in Rio would be to go in feeling relaxed and 100% prepared. I sail best when I am happy! ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Q3.) Annalise, do you ever listen to music while training? And can you recommend some great sailing music? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@Itsatangent‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. When I go running I listen to dance music. For long indoor cycling sessions podcasts are great, try Serial! ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Q4.) Annalise, what sort of training do you have to do each day? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@peterkeogh6‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‪A‪M. I sail 5 days a week, sessions from boat handling to speed. I cycle most days & do 3 gym sessions a week.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Q5.) Annalise will you get time to chill out in Rio at all, e.g. going to Copacabana beach? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@ryanelainem‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I have got to see some amazing spots in Rio, my favourite place is Itacoatiara, definitely worth a visit! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q6.) Annalise, do you have any pre-race rituals/superstitions? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@Sh6un6byrne‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. Having the same routine every day is really important as regattas run over 6 days, not looking at forecasts! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q7.) Is there any Irish things you can't live without on your travels? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@DaraMichael‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I bring a bag of Flavahans Jumbo Oats everywhere I go and Irish tea! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q8.) If you could try another Olympic Sport what would it be? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@Sinead‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I've been told I would be a good rower so maybe that! But the buzz of the stadium in athletics would be amazing.‬‬‬‬‬

Q9.) What's the ideal age for kids to get involved in sailing? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@thequotefish‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. My first try was with my parents when I was 5 & by myself when I was 10! Any age is good to start out! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q10.) I assume you train & go to competitions on your own, how do you stay mentally positive? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via @ShaneRooD15‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. When I can, I stay with the other sailors on the Irish team. It really helps to have positive people around! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q11.) Who is the most influential person/greatest inspiration in your career? via ‪@oreilly136‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬@melarkeyl‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. My mum is my inspiration, also being an Olympian she has been able to give me so much good advice.‬‬‬‬‬

Q12.) What other athletes inspire you the most? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@NiamhLister‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I love meeting athletes from different sports, in all Olympic sports everyone is so driven and dedicated. ‬‬‬‬‬

Q13.) Annalise what is your greatest sailing memory so far? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@amylong41‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. Winning the first 4 races at the London Olympics is my greatest memory so far... & maybe the most stressful! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q14.) What drives and motivates you to do the best at your sport? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@OfficialCamogie‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. Wanting to be the best in the world is what makes me get up in the mornings, especially on hard days. ‬‬‬‬‬

Q15.) What are some of the greatest challenges you had to overcome to get to where you are today? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@PhotoScully‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. Improving in light winds. It’s been so hard to work on my weakness but I know it will give the greatest return.‬‬‬‬‬

Q16.) Who was your hero as a young sailor? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@keithreynolds10‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. As a young sailor I was inspired by Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt both who now have 5 medals each! ‬‬‬‬‬

Q17.) Annalise, do you think as a nation Ireland is getting better at promoting female athletes? ‪#supporthersupport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@bryanmcmahon93‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I think we are getting better at it. ‪@KatieTaylor‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ and the rugby girls are some of the best in the world. ‬‬‬‬‬

Q18.) Do you think that sailing is under recognised as a proper sport? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@CqonorBuckley‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I often have to explain how physical my boat is as there can be the perception that I'm out drinking G&Ts. ‬‬‬‬‬

Q19.) Where was the most Challenging place you ever sailed to ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@MyersDeirdre‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. Rio is one of the most challenging places I have ever sailed, there are so many variables in the bay.‬‬‬‬‬

Q20.) What's the most unusual thing you've seen floating in the water? ‪#supporthersport‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ via ‪@lucyremitz‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

A‪M. I picked up a wooden chair while out sailing in Rio one day and last week a submarine popped up beside me! ‬‬‬‬‬

And there you have it, it’s a wrap! Thank you @Annalise_Murphy, it was a pleasure having you as our star guest for our #supporthersport QnA. Good luck to you in Rio, we are all rooting for you!

Thanks to everyone who took part and sent us in your questions. If you enjoyed this, check out #GAAQnA on Twitter where you’ll find lots more previous QnA sessions from legends including Jackie Tyrell, Ger Cunningham, Sonia O’Sullivan, Richie Hogan, Anna Geary, Briege Corkery and Joe Canning.

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