Community Games: When you were younger, who was your sporting hero?
Tommy Bowe: Simon Geoghegan, the Irish rugby winger, was always my idol growing up.
CG: When did you first realise you had a talent for rugby?
TB: I always enjoyed rugby as a sport but never realised I had a talent until I left school around 18.
CG: What advice would you give to young people who have an interest in playing rugby?
TB: I would encourage them to try lots of sports and find out which is their favorite. Playing other sports will help in rugby as you pick up skills in every sport that come in useful.
CG: Do you think there is a link between sport/physical activity, eating well and feeling good about yourself?
TB: Yes, I think it's very important to have a healthy lifestyle. Trying to eat healthy and even a small amount of exercise is a very good way to keep a smile on your face.
CG: Have you any tips for young people who have sporting dreams as big as you had?
TB: Never in a million years would I have thought I'd get the chance to play for my country or the Lions, but I dreamed about it all the time.
It shows that when you have a dream of what you want to achieve and you combine it with training and hard work, your dream can come true!
CG: What did it feel like to get picked for the Lions?
TB: It was probably the happiest moment of my career! With the injuries I had last season I knew it was going to be very difficult to get back playing in time to be selected but when I did, it was an amazing feeling.
CG: What is your fondest memory of taking part in the HSE Community Games?
TB: I have many great memories of the Community Games, from competing in the local games in Monaghan to winning a silver medal in the 4x100m relay in Mosney. It was a great part of growing up!
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