Achieving an Olympic Qualifying standard is hard enough without trying to juggle it all with teaching training and college exams but that is exactly what Laura Reynolds did in the last year.
“Since January, I’ve finished my studies pretty much,” Laura told the Observer, “I was on teaching practice from the end of August to the end of November/December in St. Michael’s, Finglas. I loved it out there, the kids were great and the school were so good to me.
“They were wondering why I was doing my teaching practice then and I was explaining to them that I was trying to get to the Olympics and they were so supportive.
“It was stressful enough trying to fit in training, it would be quieter during the winter but I was in 9 to 4 most days and all the lovely planning you have to do for the inspectors but I managed it. DCU were good enough to let me defer it, I did my degree over five years rather than four so between my college course.
“Even last year, DCU did let me off once or twice for training camps but with practical classes, they don’t let you miss more than two classes of one thing,” said Laura of the last year.