I was lucky enough to chat to a few of the guys representing Ireland in the International Rules series before they set off for Australia, and one thing that was an ever present in each conversation was how much they were looking forward to a glimpse of what being a professional athlete was.
I’m not sure they are aware that the level of commitment, mental discipline, effort in training and in diet when combined with the raw ability they’ve been given and crafted over the years is comparable to most other professional athletes across the world.
Such is the line between top amateur and professional nowadays. It also points toward why the peak age of our star GAA players is dropping. Only those able to commit so fully to diet and training, both in the gym and on the field, are the ones who can