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.
AM. Getting up every day doing something I love keeps me motivated and dreaming about an Olympic medal!
AM. The dream scenario in Rio would be to go in feeling relaxed and 100% prepared. I sail best when I am happy!
AM. When I go running I listen to dance music. For long indoor cycling sessions podcasts are great, try Serial!
AM. I sail 5 days a week, sessions from boat handling to speed. I cycle most days & do 3 gym sessions a week.
AM. I have got to see some amazing spots in Rio, my favourite place is Itacoatiara, definitely worth a visit!
AM. Having the same routine every day is really important as regattas run over 6 days, not looking at forecasts!
AM. I bring a bag of Flavahans Jumbo Oats everywhere I go and Irish tea!
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.
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!
AM. When I can, I stay with the other sailors on the Irish team. It really helps to have positive people around!
AM. My mum is my inspiration, also being an Olympian she has been able to give me so much good advice.
AM. I love meeting athletes from different sports, in all Olympic sports everyone is so driven and dedicated.
AM. Winning the first 4 races at the London Olympics is my greatest memory so far... & maybe the most stressful!
AM. Wanting to be the best in the world is what makes me get up in the mornings, especially on hard days.
AM. Improving in light winds. It’s been so hard to work on my weakness but I know it will give the greatest return.
AM. As a young sailor I was inspired by Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt both who now have 5 medals each!
AM. I think we are getting better at it. @KatieTaylor and the rugby girls are some of the best in the world.
AM. I often have to explain how physical my boat is as there can be the perception that I'm out drinking G&Ts.
AM. Rio is one of the most challenging places I have ever sailed, there are so many variables in the bay.
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.