JCSP Talk with Boxer Eric Donovan
Fitting so much into a short space of time, Eric’s talk was ideal for teenagers covering so many aspects from dealing with setbacks and coming back from difficult situations to achieving personally and professionally.
The story begins with tales of school and how feelings of anxiety and not fitting in led him to being a disruptive student, something he regrets to this day.
Dropping out of school at the age of 15, being a follower and not a leader at that point in his life was a really valuable message to pass on.
In the boxing ring Eric had a rollercoaster career, captain of the Irish amateur boxing team at the age of 15, multiple all Ireland medals, the first senior all Ireland champion for the St. Michael’s Athy club, becoming a member of the high performance national team, everything was on the rise for him.
However, old habits die hard and Eric’s lack of commitment out of the ring was to prove his downfall. Not training as hard as he might, not having the correct lifestyle, resulted in failure to qualify for two Olympic games and the realisation that he needed to change his ways.
Boxing wasn’t over though and he took an opportunity to go to Kazakhstan to train and fight in a really tough environment, highlighting a major theme of his talk- the importance of perseverance.
This was really inspirational stuff and the journey is not over yet as his pro career is flying.
The students asked some great questions to finish up and interacted with Eric, even getting the odd boxing demonstration!