Clare has been an athlete her whole life. When I first met her aged 11, she was into judo, javelin and athletics (although there isn't a sport that she hasn't played). A few years later she began playing ladies gaelic football. Being a part of that team consumed her life. She attended training religously. Nothing was more important to her. She once flew home early from a family wedding in Spain to play in a match! A few years ago she also took up camogie. This ensured that she was involved in sport every day and evening of the week. Since she retired from playing gaelic football she has become a manager of the Under 14 Girls team. At school Clare always felt that she struggled to learn in the conventional ways. However, that never deterred her from her aim to become a PE teacher. She had to change her path towards that goal once or twice but she never gave up and worked her socks off to get there. She did get there and now works for the Gaelic Athletic Association. She goes around local primary schools and teaches essential sport skills to the children. Clare has been an amazing friend to me over the years and is truly one of the best people I have ever met. She believes in the good in everyone and always sees the world through an optimistic eye. She inspires people to be better than they are and encourages them to improve themselves through sports and teamwork. Whe I heard normal people could become torch bearers I knew I had to nominate her. I am still playing Gaelic football.I just had a baby girl! I still coach U13, U14 and U15 girls at my local club, Glen.I work for Ulster Council GAA as a Physical Literacy Coach for foundation & KS1. I teach the children fundamental movement skills.