It’s one of the most famous open sea races throughout the world so the Dublin City Liffey Swim (yes, you read that correctly, I will be in fact swimming in the Liffey) was an obvious choice for me when I was choosing a race to aim for. I took up swimming back in October last year and as far as possible I try to train at lunch time in a swimming pool beside our office here in Dublin because getting out for a swim in the evening with 3 young children would be like trying to achieve the impossible.
While this was obviously preparing me to swim 2,200 metres underneath the key bridges of Dublin City, it also served as a commitment to both my physical and mental well-being.
Last March, Sky Ireland announced a fantastic partnership with Suicide or Survive after one of our team lost their battle with mental health issues. Partnering with a charity who create and deliver innovative approaches that educate, inform and inspire people to cultivate good mental health and reduce stigma has really opened all of our eyes to mental health. My team and I have all been through the one hour well-being workshop giving us a greater understanding of the importance and value of looking after our own mental health and to boost mental resilience.
I want more people to be able to do the same so I’m completing the 2017 Dublin City Liffey Swim in aid of Suicide or Survive and would love your support – no donation is too small.