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For some it takes years of blood, sweat and tears to make it to the top and savour any real tangible sporting success, if any at all, but Katrina Parrock was one of the lucky ones.

It's not that her achievements weren't fully deserved, the good fortune was merely the timing of her rise to prominence as Wexford bridged a 32-year gap to win the All-Ireland Senior Camogie title in 2007, with Parrock who had turned 17 a matter of days earlier entering the fray from the bench to help the Slaneysiders to see off Cork.

The native of Broadway in south County Wexford showed a high aptitude for sport from a tender age, excelling at camogie, Gaelic football, hockey and soccer, with her natural talent, energy and passion shining through, although she does admit that it was difficult to fully appreciate her success as a wide-eyed teenager.

“I just turned 17 when we won an All-Ireland, so looking back on it I probably didn't appreciate it as much as I should. It was unbelievable,” she said.

Parrock went on to win a further three All-Irelands in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as collecting a hat-trick of All-Stars for her outstanding performances.

However, the camogie star admits she has fallen out of love with the game of late and after initially planning on taking a year out to take stock, she eventually decided to take heed of the wise old maxim 'a change is good as a rest'.

“I started out the camogie this year and unfortunately I lost the heart for it completely. I was just going to take a year out and rest, I've been playing 11 years with the county senior team. The Wexford football manager Anthony Masterson was on to me to see would I go with them for a while. I thought about it but said I wouldn't,” she said.

However, after getting the call from Wexford Youths manager Laura Heffernan, the 26-year-old took the plunge into the deep end by opting to sign for the Ferrycarrig Park-based club.

“Laura contacted me and asked me would I be interested in joining Wexford Youths. I thought about it for a few days and I said “yeah I really think I would enjoy that”. I was really enjoying soccer at the time, whereas I was going out on to the camogie field and I had lost that heart and didn't want to be there. The way I look at life, if you're not enjoying something you shouldn't really be doing it. I was enjoying the soccer so I'd said I'd give it a go. I'm really loving it at the minute, it's a new challenge,” she said.

Parrock, who started out with Rosslare Rangers before moving to Kilmore United, has always been brimful of ambition and after achieving her goals in camogie now yearns for success on the soccer field.

“With the camogie when I was in secondary school one of my ambitions in life was to make it to Croke Park. That was one of my goals and I achieved that. Luckily we never lost in Croke Park which was a great achievement. I was happy to tick that off the list. Now going to the soccer there's new challenges ahead and I'm looking forward to it,” she said.

Parrock does admit it's a steep learning curve though and says it will take her a bit of time to fully adapt to plying her trade at a higher level in the Continental Tyres Women's National League.

“It's a big step up. The girls are just so talented there. It's just going to take me a while to settle in to their style of play and that kind of stuff. It's just totally new to me, different styles and different tactics,” she said.

A quick glance at the league table will tell you that if she's hoping to add to her impressive medal haul she could well be in the right place with the Wexford side, as they sit happily on the top of the pile at the moment.

“It's all looking good but all we do is take it one game at a time. That's probably the only comparison with the camogie, you just look to the next game. That's what we're doing with Wexford Youths and we'll take it from there,” she said.

 

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