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'Maybe it's been a blessing': How Ireland hockey captain Katie Mullan turned sporting shutdown into an opportunity ahead of huge 2021

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Katie Mullan and the Irish hockey girls celebrate sealing their place at the Olympics in the qualifying play-offs last year.

Katie Mullan and the Irish hockey girls celebrate sealing their place at the Olympics in the qualifying play-offs last year.

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Katie Mullan and the Irish hockey girls celebrate sealing their place at the Olympics in the qualifying play-offs last year.

Katie Mullan has lately found herself on the sideline at her local GAA club, watching her old camogie team training and resisting the urge to get stuck in once again.

I’d be a bit nervy now,” she admits. “It’s a different ball game. I do go for pucks but I haven’t got fully in the mix.” Now is not the time for that, no matter how much she’d love to give it a go.

Lockdown for Ireland’s hockey captain has been busy — and fruitful. Like many athletes in their prime, it has been an interesting experience adjusting to a new world without the demands of a strict training regime, where so much of your time is accounted for.