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Car Chat with Kelly Proper

Olympic hopeful Kelly Proper and her Ford Focus Zetec S

Olympic hopeful Kelly Proper and her Ford Focus Zetec S

We talk muscle cars, gadgets and more with Record-breaking Irish athlete, Kelly Proper

If you were a car what car would you be?  The new 2015 Ford Mustang – I just love the classic Mustang look – the new model will be on sale in Ireland for the first time from November, I can’t wait to try it out!

 What do you drive and what does it say about you? I drive a Ford Focus Zetec S and with its 150PS engine, it is like me, made for performance but sleek and stylish….!

Do you have a favourite car gadget? Believe it or not, the heated front seats in my Focus is my new favourite car gadget – on a couple of cold mornings in September I thought, yes I could get used to this…!

 Who taught you to drive? My mother taught me to drive when I was seventeen.

 Whom do you most admire in your industry?  I admire many athletes in all different sports so I couldn’t pick just one. From local level to the world stage I love watching any sport where the athletes/players are giving it their all and love what they do. They are the most enjoyable races or games to watch.

What was your best career decision to date? I guess it would have to be in never giving up. I had a difficult time with injury a couple of years ago and I felt I’d never get back to my best, but with the support of the people around me I was able to stay positive and work hard through those really tough times

What is on your car stereo right now? I have a lot of playlists for different things.  On my way to training it’s all fast songs but if I’m driving long distance I mostly listen to Newstalk.

One item you couldn’t live without? My car,  I really rely on my Ford Focus to get to the different training venues, I don’t know what I’d do without it. I could probably live out of if at this stage with all the gear in the boot.

How do you relax? I usually watch box sets when I have to rest after training, I find them great to help me switch off for a while.

Who is your hero? It’s like my previous answer for the person I admire most in that to be the best at anything or even to have a chance to be the best you have to work so hard, sacrifice a lot and really push yourself. l have a huge amount of respect for anyone striving for this.

Describe yourself in one word? Easygoing

Kelly Proper

29th September, 2015

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