Delve in to the life of a member of the Waterford Senior Hurling team and a WIT Vikings Sport Scholarship Athlete in this interview with Billy Nolan.
Billy is a second year Business Studies student and has been an active member of the WIT Vikings GAA club since his first year in WIT. Billy is a current GPA Scholarship student and is part of the Waterford Senior Hurling panel.
Billy was an integral player in WIT’s bid to win their 10th Fitzgibbon Cup title this year but unfortunately for WIT they fell short in the quarter final stages losing to DCU.
Name: Billy Nolan
Club: Roanmore GAA Club
Course: Higher Certificate in Business
1. Highest Achievements to date? Winning a u21 Eastern Championship with Roanmore. Allianz National League Runners up last season. Winning the Senior County League.
2. What is your favourite memory from your sporting career so far? Making my championship debut against Cork in the Munster Championship last year.
3. What is your personal aim this year? To play more league and championship games for Waterford and to progress well with my club Roanmore in the championship when Covid-19 is over.
4. Who was your sporting idol growing up? Paul Flynn (former Waterford hurler)
5. How do you prepare for each event? I try to plan my days coming up to a match and focus on my nutrition and gym work especially.
6. What advice would you give to Athletes wanting to improve? Find what your weaknesses are and work on them.
7. What do you do to relax/unwind? I mostly like to hang out with friends or watch films/ series.
8. How do you balance work/college/training? Try to always stay organised, up to speed with college work and plan my days.
9. What was the best advise you were ever given? Always train hard and do more than you’re expected to do (outside of training, matches etc.)
10. Do you get nervous before big races/competitions and if so how do you deal with it? I try to stay calm and prepare like I would for a training session the same way as I would a match.
Billy Nolan in action for WIT against DCU in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Photo: Maurice Hennebry.