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Me and my health: Northern Ireland netball player Lisa McCaffrey on her lifestyle


Cup hopes: Lisa McCaffrey
Cup hopes: Lisa McCaffrey
Lisa in action for Northern Ireland

The 32-year-old Northern Ireland international netball player, from Belfast, is preparing to compete in the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool next week. Lisa, who plays at wing attack and centre positions, works full-time as an Active Clubs co-ordinator for the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland.

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: Yes, I train most days, as I play netball for the Northern Ireland team as well as Belfast Ladies. This usually involves some strength and conditioning, netball-specific training, and a bit of CrossFit. I try to spend some time in the gym as well as practising yoga too - it's great after all that training. It's a pretty busy schedule but if I can squeeze it in, I really enjoy golfing too.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which means that I have to control and be careful with on what I eat. For example, I have to avoid garlic, onions and mushrooms.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: I would say it is pretty healthy. I eat very similar foods each day due to my IBS, as it makes it much easier to handle. Because of this I can't eat certain things, so I tend to eat a lot of fresh food and eat smaller portions - but more often throughout the day - which works well for me.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I definitely have a sweet tooth - I love a bit of chocolate with a cup of tea.

Q: Do you drink and smoke/if so how much?

A: I don't smoke - and maybe only drink around four or five times a year.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: Yes - iron tablets.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: In between a busy training schedule, it's really important for me to take time out. I usually walk my dog, catch up with friends or get stuck into a good book. I actually got a stand-up paddleboard for Christmas which I am determined to use over summer - although the weather is not always that accommodating.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I always try to get about seven to eight hours a night which is really important when it comes to rest and recovery. I'm lucky in that I fall asleep as soon as I hit the pillow, but I am a light sleeper so I often wake a few times during the night.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Not if I enjoy what I'm doing now and have no regrets. It's not really something I think about.

Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: It comes with the territory, being a netballer, but without a doubt, exercise. I always say you will never regret a workout. I'm a huge advocate of meal prepping too. If you are organised, it can be a really effective way of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet - especially if you have a busy lifestyle too.

The Vitality Netball World Cup takes place from July 12-21 at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool. The tournament will feature the top 16 teams in the world, including England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, at an exciting time of unprecedented growth for women's sport and netball in the UK. Ticket sales have been rapid with more than 99,000 spectators confirmed so far. Further information is available at

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