The Camogie Association


Player Information

Careers and Education

In this section read about:
- Third Level Bursaries.
- Player Profiles: Life off the pitch, Anna Geary.
Third Level Bursaries
Each year the Camogie Association provides bursaries to third level students.
The 6 recipients of bursaries for 2013/2014 academic year are:
Niamh Bambrick
Niamh is in college in UCD and is studying Agricultural Science. She plays camogie with her club in Windgap and also with Kilkenny.
Maeve Connolly
Maeve is completing a bachelor of Education in Technology and Design in St.Mary’s Belfast. Maeve plays her club camogie with Loughgiel in County Antrim.
Aisling Egerton
Aisling is completing a bachelor of education in St.Patrciks college in Drumchondra. Aisling plays her club camogie with Clonkill in County Westmeath.
Christine O Neill
Christine is studying Business and Accounting in University of Limerick. Christine plays her club camogie with Courcey Rovers in County Cork.
Mairi Ni Mhuineachain
Mairi is in Trinity College Dublin studying Business, Economic and Social Studies. She plays camogie with her club in Lucan.
Karen Kielt
Karen is studying Physiotherapy in University Ulster Jordanstown. Karen plays her club camogie with Padraig Pearses Kilrea and also with her county team  Derry
-All recipients of bursaries are required to complete tasks for the Camogie Association  in a given area of expertise of the student (e.g.) some help coach on easter/summer camps, others complete research on given topics on behalf of the Association.
-Details of bursaries for the 2014/2015 academic year will be on and also the third level camogie website
Player profiles Life off the pitch: Anna Geary
Name: Anna Geary  
Club: Milford
County: Cork           
What third level college did you go to? 
I attended the University of Limerick FROM 2005-2009 to do my UnderGrad Bachelor Degree in Business. I majored in Personnel Management/ HR. I then returned to education last year to do a part-time Post Grad in Public Relations at CIT. I hope to branch into the Communications/ PR field in the future.
How did you balance education with camogie?
I think Camogie can be used as an escape from the stresses of projects and exams. You immerse yourself in completely different surroundings and can focus the mind on something different. The social aspect of Camogie is great as the camaraderie at training can allow you to ‘switch off’ from any worries for a while.
What do you work at currently?
I am currently in a Business Analysis role at Dell Software, Cork. I also work with the Communications Team at Dell. We recently organized fundraising for Daffodil Day at Dell which and the atmosphere was brilliant. My role is mostly based at a desk so it is nice to get out after work and stretch my legs. Granted, I don’t necessarily like the “hard” running at training but it’s healthy to be running around outside in the fresh air.
How do you currently balance work life and Camogie?
Time management is huge. Last year I was balancing part-time college, full-time work, training with Cork and also training with my club Milford. Every minute had to be accounted for and I needed to prioritize. Even though I am finished the college course, I still find I can struggle to fit everything in sometimes, it’s bizarre. My friends and family have been known to see me now and again during Championship. What you ‘want’ to do and ‘need’ to do may not always be the same, but it’s all about choices.  I love being busy and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Has Camogie helped your work life at all? Is there skills you would have from camogie that are transferred to work life?
There are so many skills that Camogie can teach you from a young age, skills that you can apply to all aspect of life, not just work- teamwork, cooperation, self-motivation, commitment, discipline. But for me the vital skill of communication is one you always practice while playing Camogie. Listening to instructions from management or talking to your teammates during a game helps to decrease the margin of error and fewer mistakes are likely to be made. Listening is a skill I am always looking to improve, as talking comes a bit more naturally to me.
What recommendations would you give to young camogie players in relation to choosing a career path?
-Networking is everything. You meet great friends and contacts through playing Camogie and these people may know someone who can point you in the right direction in terms of a career/course.
-Look at the universities/colleges that offer the course you think you want to pursue. Choose the right one for you, not the most convenient, or the nearest or the one your parents/siblings attended.
-Follow your heart. It might sound cheesy but if you have passion for something it will rarely feel like a chore.
-You may not know what career path you want to follow, but there are so many adults out there that have yet to find their ‘true calling’. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
What is your favourite sporting moment?
Personally, it was winning my first Senior Club All Ireland title with my Milford last year. That rollercoaster journey saw us win our first County, Munster and All Ireland Final in the same year. To stand on the steps of the Cusack Stand in Croke Park to see our captain raise the cup was a memory that will never leave me. It was such a long road, but it was travelled with great friends and we pulled each other over the line.
Have you any pre match routines? (e.g.) in relation to nutrition, hydration etc
A previous manager once told me that preparing for a game is like treating your body as a car and what you put into it “fuels the engine” so to speak. If you don’t eat the right foods and hydrate well then you can’t expect to go very far.
I typically stick with the same routine the night before the game e.g. pack my bag, eat same meal before each game. I am a bit superstitious too so certain rituals are followed.
How do you relax in your spare time?
In a word- shopping! I can block everything else out, just hand me a credit cardJ. I love being in the company of my friends too, particularly during the peak season, as it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. When the stresses of life get a little too much Bikram Yoga is a great way to slow things down. It’s grueling so I wouldn’t call it relaxing as such, but you feel great after it- and calmer.