Full name: Rachel Fitzmaurice
Hometown: Fuerty, Roscommon
College: NUI Galway
College course: Mechanical Engineering
Sporting codes: Gaelic Football, Camogie, Soccer
Positions in sporting codes: Gaelic Football – Forward, Camogie – Mid Field, Soccer – Mid/Striker
Favourite food: My mum’s lasagne!
Favourite TV programme: Friends, Ireland’s Fittest Family
Main sport achievement: Playing in Croke Park in an All Ireland Camogie Final in 2015, receiving a Soaring Star Award for camogie that year too, playing on the Irish Schools soccer team in 2013, playing for Connacht in the Post Primary Schools Interpros 2015-2017
Ambition in sport: To be part of teams that bring success to my club, college and county, to remain injury free and to be a good role model for other girls interested in sport.
How do you balance your 3 codes, college, work and social life?
I have figured out a balance at this stage after playing 3 sports right through secondary school. I also play for Roscommon for camogie and football too so I know when I’m doing too much and what trainings I am able to do in a week. My course is very demanding so keeping a good balance allows me to do some study or get homework/assignments done on time. I work in George Bannon’s Sports Shop in Roscommon town on Saturdays during college term and full time during the summer. Even after all my trainings I still spare a few hours to go out with my friends. I personally don’t take a drink but still love to have the craic!
I have got a lot from being involved in sport, I know the feeling of both winning and losing and I know either way I have continuous support from my parents and family. I have met some great coaches, mentors and friends along the way and I hope this continues for many more years!