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Social Media: Scourge or Saviour?; Cash for Coaching; The Truth and Shanghai

It’s round three of the latest Jumping The Gun podcast reincarnation and we cut our teeth straight into the social media debate sparked by Sonia O’Sullivan’s article in The Irish Times last week.

Are athletes losing their way on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook instead of getting the ultimate like… performances on the track and field?

We debate the merits of social media and using it as a platform for branding, income and just good old passing the time and entertainment purposes. But has it gone too far or not too far.

Next up we discuss the quiet, but potentially exciting, development at the Athletics Ireland Congress last month where €3 of every member (there are currently circa 60,000) of the association’s registration will be ring-fenced for investment into coaching. The key question is whether the money will be put into high level coaching or the developmental level. We talk about what we’d do with that sweet cash and how we might get to the next level.

Having asked for questions from our listeners we delved deep into the plethora (two) and picked out Elizabeth Egan’s: what Irish records will be broken this summer?

Delving into The Truth, we tell you all about Grant Holloway and the highlights of the American collegiate scene including ANOTHER World U20 record by Sydney McLaughlin and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner winning The Big East 800m title again.

We close out with being Shanghaied with another Diamond League meeting and what we can remember were the highlights from China. How many athletes are really shining bright like a diamond to draw the public’s attention?

Of course there are a few more meandering conversations along with Sarah Healy’s rising stock and a 15-year-old, Max Burgin, running a world age best of 1:47.50 for the 800m.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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