Living in Clondalkin, Dublin, 31-year-old Stephanie Bowden lives with her partner Brian and their two children, Jack and Aoife. As a 2023 OT Leader Stephanie wants to bring some sparkle to her life, she wants to believe in herself again, and helping others do the same.
Stephanie loves sport, with soccer been her real passion. Since having Jack, over 4 years ago and Aoife earlier this year she is struggling to get her mojo back. She coaches soccer in Crumlin United and holds a UEFA soccer coaching license – but she really wants to get back playing like she used to. Every day she wears different hats – mammy, partner, coach, daughter – but she’d love just one hat – the Stephanie Bowden hat.
Fifty-year-old Thomas Hynes is from Granard, Co Longford. He lives with his wife Eileen and their 11-year-old son Harry. Five years ago, Thomas suffered a heart attack. Thankfully following his rehab, he made a full recovery.
Thomas ran and owned a successful dry-cleaning business. Unfortunately, like many businesses across the country, business started to disappear and he was forced to close as the effects of Covid took hold. Never one to sit on his laurels, Thomas started his own pizza food truck business with his brother-in-law in their home town.
In his fiftieth year Thomas wants to solidify sustainable routine into his health and well-being as he moves into the next stage of his and his family’s life.
Monaghan native, Marie Clear, 32 lives with her mum Angela in Cashel, Co Tipperary. She works part time as an SNA with children living with disability. Marie was born with Achondroplasia.
Independence is extremely important to Marie, never allowing anything to get in her way. Fearful that her health and weight is going in the wrong direction, Marie wants the expert guidance to start to make changes to her movement, exercise and nutrition. A smoker, since she was 14, Marie watched keenly as 2022 Leader Stefano Sweetman gave up. She would love the expert support to do the same.
Primary school principal, Lorraine Dempsey lives in Boolavogue, Co Wexford with her husband Anthony and their three children, Jack, Patrick and Katie. Lorraine loves her job – her staff and pupils inspire her every day. With a very busy house and a busy school – Lorraine is juggling a lot.
Exercise and movement played a huge part in Lorraine’s routine, but in the last few years, family life and work has been her priority. Turning 43 in January, it’s time for Lorraine to bring her own health and well-being into focus and 2023 is the year for her to do that. Lorraine wants to feel alive again in the inside and the outside.
Originally from Arklow, Co Wicklow, 38-year-old Andrea Daly lives in Portlaoise, Co Laois with her husband Joe and their three children Alex, Ryan and Macy. Their eldest son Dylan, was born in 2005 with Cerebral Palsy. Following Dylan’s birth Andrea and Joe, who were in their early 20’s become his full-time carers.
Sadly, in January 2019, at the age of 13 Dylan passed away. The loss of Dylan has left a huge void in all of their lives. The time has come for Andrea to go on an adventure of discovery – not only for herself but for her family too. And she knows Dylan will be with her every step of the way.