Tuesday 6 December 2016

Delany breathes life into campaign for healthy lungs

Published 14/02/2012 | 05:00

Olympic great
Ronnie Delany launched the campaign
Olympic great Ronnie Delany launched the campaign
Sarcoidosis patient Deirdre Martin from Tullamore, at the launch of Love your Lungs

Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Delany yesterday warned athletes preparing for this summer's Games to avoid having too many "advisers and hangers-on".

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"One thing that's terribly important for individual athletes is to manage themselves a little bit more," he said.

"Sometimes I feel athletes of today have too many support mechanisms surrounding them like trainers, managers, doctors and the like. This kind of overcrowding can create pressures all its own."

The sprightly 77-year-old said he had to "intellectually organise my mind to face the most crucial challenges."

Mr Delany, who won the gold medal for the 1,500 metres at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, was at hand to breathe life into the inaugural 'Love Your Lungs' campaign in Dublin.

A group of charities have teamed up to highlight the symptoms of lung disease.

"Lung disease is the most common reason to visit a GP and the third most common reason for acute hospital admission. Early diagnosis of lung disease can vastly improve outcomes,' said Dr Edward McKone, Consultant Respiratory Physician and President of the Irish Thoracic Society.

Mr Delany says he stays ahead of the pack through a combined diet of exercise and healthy eating.

"It's all about having a discipline in your head whereby you have a positive outlook about life," he said.

Irish Independent

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