The 2018 Hockey World Cup is being held in London, but all eyes are on Johannesburg this month as the Irish women’s senior hockey team struggles for a qualifying spot in the World League 3 series. The team has many household names from hockey fans, one of these names and leader being Shirley McKay.
The Ulster Elks player is Ireland’s highest capped player with 239 international caps. Born and raised in Belfast, Shirley has been playing hockey since an early age and luckily did not stay away from the sport for long due to injury. His longevity and endurance at the highest level of hockey is a testament to his athletic prowess and preparation.
As a full-time hockey coach with the Ulster Hockey Talent Squad, she is providing this knowledge and expertise to future stars on a daily basis. For all the caps Shirley has earned over the years, unfortunately, not a single one has been earned at the World Cup. Here’s hoping the Irish team earns its qualifying spot this month. Luckily I got a few minutes out of Shirley’s busy schedule to ask her the following questions.
Sinead Delahunty of SportsWomen.ie luckily got a few minutes out of Shirley’s busy schedule to ask her some questions.