Irish sprinter Sharlene Mawdsley on sticking with sport "I was running for fun, and then I got a small bit better as I got older and I wouldn't have known that if I dropped out of the sport"

Irish sprinter Sharlene Mawdsley on sticking with sport "I was running for fun, and then I got a small bit better as I got older and I wouldn't have known that if I dropped out of the sport" Irish sprinter Sharlene Mawdsley on sticking with sport "I was running for fun, and then I got a small bit better as I got older and I wouldn't have known that if I dropped out of the sport"
Neasa Kennedy

Sprinter Sharlene Mawdsley was part of the women's 4x400m relay team that broke a national record at this Summer's European Championships, crossing the line with a time of 3:26.06.

"It was obviously unreal that we broke the national record. I think we all did go in trusting our abilities and we knew we could produce a really good time. I think we were disappointed not to have won a medal, but when you see the teams, what times they performed, you know we would have had to broke the national record again by like 3 or 4 seconds. So you have to take what we did and be really proud of it because I think it's just the start for the women's 4 x 400."

"I think what I learned about myself is that I'm resilient. I think that I can come back from a set back and I think that I need to take that forward with me over the next few years."

Building on the momentum from the 2022 European Championships, Mawdsley is back training after taking some well deserved time off.

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"I'm freshly back from my holidays, so I'm back into winter training now, so everything is back into routine.

It's still an incredible honour for the 24-year-old to represent Ireland. She says smiling "it's great and I see what it means to everyone around me like my friends and my family and the support group that I have, like the pride that is around. It makes me really proud that I'm the person who gets to make so many people happy by representing my country."
Performing at such an elite level comes with not only physical, but mental challenges also. Switching from running solo and carrying the pressure of a performance alone, to an event where you run as part of a team and your performance impacts others is an adjustmenta and is something that may need more attention.

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