Waterford hurler Noel Connors chats to Alan O’Mara on episode 7 of the “Real Talks” podcast
A very humble and interesting outlook on his life, inside and outside the GAA
Noel has made it through the ranks of the Waterford team through playing minor hurling at 15 to being on the senior team at the young age of 18. He believes his club “Passage” helped him to achieve this as he when he was just 15 he was playing for the clubs senior team which he learned a lot from.
He talks about playing hurling for the county team isn’t really reality as his life was intoxicated by thinking about what he was going to eat, was he drinking enough water and training. He had to do this to ensure he was getting that extra percent out of everything that he did. When Noel looks back on his career he feels very fortunate for these times due to his experiences and the places that they have lead him to.
The 27 year old also discusses his thoughts on the current enjoyment of sport in general and the GAA. Noel interestingly speaks about how the GAA and many sports are marginalising the fun and enjoyment of playing and focusing more on strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology and recovery. While he agrees these are all very important, he thinks most sports need to take a step back as they are losing sight of enjoyment.
He talks about how he loves having the craic out and about and at training in the changing rooms with all the lads. He enjoys training and playing hurling, he said if he didn't enjoy it then he wouldn’t be doing it.
Noel also chats about his keen interest in engaging with life coaches as he believes it is one of the most valuable things he has done as a simple 10 minute chat can be so powerful. He would encourage as many people as possible to get in contact with life coaches as it can be so beneficial as it can make you happier and make your performance 20% better.
The Passage man also talks very positively about his current Waterford manager Derek McGrath. He talks about how Derek brings a real “sense of comfort” to the senior team set up.
Drawing a close to the interview Alan and Noel talk about Noel’s PHD focusing on the GAA at club level and how it operates and his current Waterford career. He believes that Waterford are currently knocking on the door of winning an All Ireland as the team is striving towards it. He understands the amount of hard work it takes to play at this level and how hard the team is going to have to work to achieve their number one goal of winning an All Ireland.