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Falvey to help Kingdom to hit peak form

New adventures ahead: Explorer and mountaineer Pat Falvey scaling Carrauntoohil.
Valerie O’Sullivan

THE Kerry senior footballers might get to scale new heights this season with the expected appointment of explorer and mountaineer Pat Falvey as performance coach to the squad.

His appointment to Peter Keane’s backroom team, still to be formally ratified, would certainly be an interesting one given Falvey’s great reputation as a teak-tough endurance athlete and he is a hugely respected motivational speaker.

It emerged today that the Beaufort-based Corkman has already had conversations with several members of the senior squad and the reaction is said to have been very positive.

Pat Falvey: Great motivator

Falvey, now 63, was the first person to climb the highest mountains of each of the seven continents twice and he successfully conquered Mount Everest in 1996 and again in 2003.

He has crossed Antarctica to the South Pole, traversed Greenland over shifting ice flows and risked life and limb walking through deserts and jungles.

The Kerry County Board is understood to have been particularly anxious to add to the backroom team since the controversial departure of coach Donie Buckley who is now part of the inter-county set-up in Monaghan.

Selector Maurice Fitzgerald is expected to have a more hands-on role this season and, as in recent seasons,  the selection team also features James Foley of Kilcummin and Dingle’s Tommy Griffin.

Jason McGahan is the current head of athletic performance and the coaching team has also been bolstered this season by the addition of nutritionists Kevin Beasley and Gavin Rackard.

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