Rugby star Stephen Ferris, Hayley Killen, Project Revive, Tomás O’Connell, Olympian Jessie Barr, former hurler John O’Brien
A LIMERICK physiotherapist has devised a national initiative to get Ireland active and healthy by embracing the great outdoors.
Tomás O’Connell, Kilcornan, has now launched the inaugural Outdoor Revolution in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.
The brainchild of both Tomás and former All-Ireland winning Tipperary hurler, John O’Brien, the main event is set to take place in Dublin on March 24 and 25.
“Year on year, there is growing awareness throughout Ireland of the huge importance for people of all ages to look after their health and fitness. Outdoor Revolution will be Ireland’s largest outdoor sports, health and wellness show and we’re delighted to be able to bring so many of Ireland’s leading current and retired athletes and health and wellness experts to this event,” said Tomás.
The initial line-up for the event features Olympic athlete and sports psychology PhD student Jessie Barr, Olympic silver medal winner Sonia O’Sullivan, former international footballer and sports columnist Stephen Hunt, and obesity expert Professor Donal O’Shea.
Also included in the line-up are All-Ireland winning Tipperary hurler Noel McGrath, former professional road cyclist Seán Kelly, Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath, Waterford dietician Aoife Hearne and performance psychologist consultant Gerry Hussey.
“We hope our sports stars and experts will show our attendees that there is a world of health and fitness opportunities waiting to be discovered, whether you’re a novice jogger, an aspiring long-distance cyclist or you want to explore yoga and pilates,” said Tomás.
The two-day event will incorporate talks, panel discussions, fitness classes, demonstrations and workshops. Panel discussions will focus on topics including healthy supplement use, expert advice on all levels of running, cycling, swimming and adventure sports, coaching and mindset, and the benefits of outdoor exercise to mental health.
Interactive activities will include yoga and pilates classes, cooking demonstrations, wellness workshops for kids, free health screenings, and opportunities to try out the latest innovations in sports equipment and technology.
As well as encouraging beginners to take up outdoor sports, John and Tomás want to discuss and highlight the opportunities out there for amateur and professional athletes facing retirement.
Mr O’Connell is a chartered physiotherapist with a Master’s in Sports Physiotherapy, and has previously worked with Kildare GAA.