In a West Cork Minute with Bandon AC sprinter Joan Healy

February 29th, 2016 8:30 AM

By Southern Star Team

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Bandon AC sprinter Joan Healy (23), from Ballineen, won a bronze medal at the natinal indoor senior championships last Sunday, and thankfully, for her sake, she didn't have to race against any kangaroos...

How would your best friend describe you? Headstrong and, to my housemates, a clean freak. 

Who was your sporting hero when you were 10 years old? Derval O’Rourke. She was starting to make it big on the international stage then and, of course, she’s from Cork.

Tell us a funny story from your childhood: It wasn’t funny at the time but now is a source of entertainment to my family. When I was around five years old, we went on a family trip to the zoo and some of the animals like kangaroos were allowed to roam free. I, being the inquisitive five-year-old, thought it would be a good idea to approach the kangaroo. The kangaroo didn’t think so and before I knew it I found myself on the ground with the kangaroo ready to take another go at me. 

Where would you recommend for a weekend away? Dingle or Lahinch – anywhere by the sea.

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? A boat, a knife and a phone.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and why? I’d probably go back with the winning lotto numbers.

What song best describes you? Beyoncé’s Running

What is your least favourite word? Bae.

What’s your favourite knock-knock joke? Knock knock. Who’s there? Control freak. Con-. Okay, now you say ‘control freak who?’

What’s the world’s greatest invention? Being the clean freak that I am, probably Domestos.

How many cows are there in Ireland? 1.1 million?

If you know you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? On a yacht off the coast of France with friends and French wine.

A penguin walks into the room wearing a sombrero, why is he wearing it and what does he say? I guess I don’t speak penguin to understand what it said. 

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