Carla Rowe was a late starter with Gaelic football, beginning to play at the age of 12 when she moved house to Naul in North County Dublin where she joined the local Gaelic club Clann Mhuire.
She soon discovered that she loved playing Gaelic and became fully committed to ensure she could be the best she could be at her sport. When she was 16 she was called up for a Dublin under-16s trial, and made it into her first county team in 2011. Since then Carla has captained two teams to All Ireland finals and in 2015 won her first All Ireland medal as captain – she has been playing for Dublin ever since.
She has three All Ireland medals – one with Dublin minors and two with Dublin under-21s – and has won a number of Player of the Match awards. Her greatest achievement is the All Star award she received in 2015 for her performance during the Dublin Seniors that year.
Sport has helped Carla become more outgoing and confident as well as playing a huge role in her career choice and she continues to play with Dublin under-21s and Senior Ladies.
In addition to playing, Carla coaches a juvenile team with her club and this is what made her want to become an Athlete Mentor. Upon joining the Sky Sports Living for Sport team, Carla said: “I love helping children enjoy their sport, watching how they develop and grow through sport.
“Sport and physical activity has been so important in my life and I want to try and help young people realise how sport can have a positive impact on their health, well-being and general life status.”
- All Star Winner
- All-Ireland Runner-Up
- U21 All Ireland Winners, Captain and Player of the Match