When the World Stops Watching

When the World Stops Watching : Is There Life After Sport?

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Who am I now? That's the dilemma facing many elite athletes when they stop chasing
their dreams and transition into retirement. Far too young for slippers and often at an
age when non-sporting peers are still climbing the career ladder . . .

For decades, they've trained relentlessly, dedicated to the pursuit of glory - to victory
and to defeat. They've made unimaginable sacrifices, sidestepped the trappings of
'ordinary' life, invested blood, sweat and tears to represent their people on local,
national and international stages.

Along the way they've formed tight-knit communities and friendships. Adhering
to rigid training schedules, out-of-step with loved ones, they become somewhat
institutionalised. But such steadfast, single-minded obsession cannot last forever.
When that final whistle sounds, these athletes retire, often left behind by fans and
team-mates. An overwhelming uncertainty lingers: 'What now?' Post-sport, life is
daunting. From incredible highs to earth-shattering lows. Studies show that 46% of
retired athletes experience depression or anxiety.

When the World Stops Watching tells intimate stories of 14 Irish sportspeople. From
rugby grand slam winners to Olympic boxers, European Tour golfers to World Cup
footballers, from local GAA heroes to international hall of fame winners - offering
front-row insight into how elite sportspeople fare in their sporting afterlife.

With searing honesty, these athletes recount dramatic personal and social changes,
from loss of income to loss of purpose. A complex journey of resilience and regret,
despair and desolation, fear and fulfilment is undertaken as tentative new beginnings
dawn. Woven in are gems of guidance from professionals, academics and experts for
the rocky retirement road that leads to a life beyond sport.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 27mm | 426g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785303120
  • 9781785303128
  • 49,997

About Damian Lawlor

Damian Lawlor is an award-winning author whose books include: I Crossed the Line: The
Liam Dunne Story, All in my Head: The Lar Corbett Autobiography, and the acclaimed Fields
of Fire. As a broadcaster, Damian works with Sky Sports GAA and RTE Radio One.
The Tipperary native works with his county's under-17 and under-20 footballers. He is
married with three children.
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