Monday 17 December 2018

'Just be the best you can be', says boxing champ Katie's dad

Pete trained Katie for 2012
Pete trained Katie for 2012

Boxing hero Katie Taylor's dad has said there is too much pressure on young people to keep fit and look good due to social media.

Katie was trained by her father Pete for the London 2012 Olympics, but not for last year's Rio Games.

Pete, who runs Bray Boxing Club, recently opened a boxing-themed cafe called KO Fitness Food Company in Bray.

He said that he notices huge pressure on young people to match up to images of their idols.

"There's no need to try to look like the people on Geordie Shore or whatever. Be the best you can be, and be happy with your own body," Pete said.

Katie Taylor. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"Not everyone is going to be a world champion. Just be the best you can be.

"Most of the pictures on Instagram are Photoshopped. Or they look like that for one day, after preparing for the picture for weeks. They don't walk around looking like that."

He also has some sage advice for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle.


"Diets and scales, kick 'em out the door, you don't need them," Pete said.

"You can't out-train a bad diet. Someone who trains three times a week and has a good diet will out-perform someone who trains 10 times a week and has a bad diet. If you've a Ferrari, you've got to put fuel in it to perform. The body is the same."

Pete says that the most important piece of advice is to drink plenty of water.

"Everyone should carry a water bottle and sip away during the day," he said.

He added that people should take their time when it comes to training, to avoid burnout.

"They hit the gym and extreme diets, all guns blazing," Pete told the Bray People. "Then they can't sustain it. It's all about balance."

He has previously spoken about why he wasn't involved in Katie's training for Rio 2016 but said the issue was a "family matter".

"Of course I would [want to be back with Katie], she's my daughter. These are family matters. I mean private lives are private lives," he said.

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