Tuesday 25 October 2016

Model Karena flies out to Caribbean for cricket holiday

Karena Graham
Karena Graham

Top model Karena Graham has left the catwalk behind her as she embarks on a two-month exotic getaway.

The blonde beauty (28) has swapped chilly photocalls on the streets of Dublin for tropical climates in the sunny Caribbean.

The fitness fanatic - who is training to become a pilates instructor - has jetted off to get her sporting fix at the Caribbean Premier League cricket tournament, which sees matches taking place all over the islands until the end of July.

As well as catching some rays and enjoying matches, the Dubliner took time out to make some new friends as she visited schoolchildren in Barbados.

While cricket is a long way from Karena's modelling background, there's no doubt she's been brushing up on her sports knowledge since hooking up with Damien O'Donohue, who is the CEO of the tournament.

Along with running Irish sports talent management agency Ikon with rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll and soccer ace Damien Duff, O'Donohue splits his time between Dublin and the idyllic island of St Lucia in the Caribbean and has been running the CPL contest for three years.

Although they've been keeping their relationship on the down-low since getting together late last year, the couple have been looking seriously loved-up recently.

Damien was the model's plus one for best friend Georgia Salpa's Italian nuptials in May and Karena even shared a picture on Instagram of her and the sports buff kissing at the Portofino venue.

Despite being one of the busiest models in the country, Karena previously admitted she would consider a move into the world of reality TV like fellow Irish beauties Nicola Hughes and Vogue Williams.

However, she definitely won't be following Hazel O'Sullivan and Jade Lynch into the Big Brother house.

"I'd be interested in it, but I wouldn't go on Big Brother or anything like that," she told the Diary.

"It would depend of the type of reality show, but I'd definitely consider it if it was a fun and exciting concept."

She clearly has her sights set on branching out from modelling into entertaining, as she also auditioned for the lead role in last year's Christmas panto Cinderella.

"I hate auditions and it was really nerve-wracking because I had to sing as well as act. I love music and singing, but acting wouldn't really be my thing," she said.

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