Friday 21 September 2018

'Kev had to be comfortable with me taking DWTS on because he's running the house while I'm dancing' - Anna Geary

Sean O'Grady

Anna Geary has revealed she had a serious conversation with her boyfriend Kevin Sexton to make sure he was okay with her taking part in Dancing with the Stars before she agreed to sign up for the reality show.

The Cork woman (30) and the GAA executive have been dating for more than two years and it was important to Anna that her other half was comfortable with her taking on the big workload that comes with the show.

"I had a conversation with Kev before I decided to take this on, because he had to be comfortable as well because he's running the house now while I'm dancing.

"He has been really supportive. When we first started this in December, I love Christmas, but I didn't have any minute to put up the decorations and then I came home one evening and they were done for me," she said.

Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington
Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington

"That is probably one of the nicest things that has been done for me in a long time.

"He knows it's important to me and I want to give it my best," she said.

20th December 2017; Former Cork camogie player Anna Geary in attendance at the star-studded 29th Irish Independent Sportstar Awards hosted in Croke Park Stadium in association with The Croke Park Hotel. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
20th December 2017; Former Cork camogie player Anna Geary in attendance at the star-studded 29th Irish Independent Sportstar Awards hosted in Croke Park Stadium in association with The Croke Park Hotel. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

While her other job as a coach on Ireland's Fittest Family has taken her all over the country, Dancing with the Stars means the couple can see each other more often because Anna has to stay put in Dublin.

"Because of the nature of my job, you could be gone for days on end down the country, so at least with this I get to come home every evening to my own house, so he probably sees me a little more now," she said.

Anna Geary believes Cork must match Kilkenny physically if they are to have any chance of avenging their defeat in last year’s All-Ireland camogie final. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO
Anna Geary believes Cork must match Kilkenny physically if they are to have any chance of avenging their defeat in last year’s All-Ireland camogie final. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

"Granted with my moves, I can be a bit more emotionally fragile because you might have had a good day at rehearsals or not so good."

Anna and Kevin met in popular Dublin pub Flannery's and the camogie star recently told how her parents were sold on him when they discovered he could help them get GAA tickets.

Former camogie star Anna Geary is now a life coach. Photo: Barry McCall
Former camogie star Anna Geary is now a life coach. Photo: Barry McCall

The sports star is looking forward to strutting her stuff on Sunday's show and feels it is important that young girls see a female sportsperson on the screen.

"I'll definitely be out of my comfort zone on Sunday. It's just about embracing it a bit more and expressing yourself.

"If I can remain as composed on the dance floor as I am on the camogie pitch, it'll be a good start to the show," she told the Diary.

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"I am conscious of being the only sportswoman in the show and it's important that younger girls see me embrace that.

"I have a different body shape to the other girls on the show."

Anna was speaking at the launch of Littlewoods Ireland's sponsorship of the Camogie Leagues 201, the second year they have sponsored the league.

"'It's great for camogie to have that partnership. It'll have younger girls looking at camogie in a different way and hopefully more will take it up," she said.

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