From the Boxing Rich Heritage of Ireland, we bring you Sarah Cunningham!
Sarah fell in love with NYC after having spent a summer here when she was 21, “I knew it was where I wanted to spend the best part of my life. It unfortunately took me almost 10 years to get back here.”
Child of the world Sarah spent close to four years in Australia and then two years in London before she managed to get her work visa to move back to New York at the beginning of 2017.
Sarah is a group account director for a Digital Agency, AKQA.
“The beauty of working for agencies like AKQA is getting the chance to partner for some of the greatest brands in world. Nike being my number one, I got to work with some of the most innovative and disruptive teams there. Agency environment can be very challenging and competitive and while you’re continuously put in highly stressful situations, you know you’re learning and growing from the experience.”
As a kid Sarah loved watching boxing with her Dad and brother “watching some of Ireland and Britain’s best boxers from Wayne McCullagh, Bernard Dunne, Lennox Lewis, and Chris Eubank but I wasn’t a die-hard fan for the sport until my early 20’s when Women's boxing became part of the Olympic program for the first time in 2012. Katie Taylor fought for Ireland and became the first ever Olympic female lightweight champion.”
“For years I struggled to find the right environment to train in, I found myself seriously frustrated in boxing cardio classes, wanting to learn more. It wasn’t until I moved to NY and joined Mendez that I really felt like I could learn the real skills to the sport. Some people think it’s a brutal sport and women shouldn’t compete, but it isn’t until you start to understand the mental aspects to the sport that you can truly appreciate the sweet science behind it.
I’m so grateful to the sport of boxing for helping build strategies that help me navigate through stressful situations and come out on top. I have learned so much about my headspace through this sport and I am eternally grateful. “
Sarah is a huge fan of Katie Taylor “I am in total admiration for everything she is doing to raise the profile for women boxing. She continues to break down boundaries and earn true respect in the sport, not for being a great female fighter, for being an incredibly talented fighter. Outside the ring, she is one of the humblest people you will meet, inside the ring, she’s a force to be reckoned with.”
“I am very fortunate to have a few very special people in my life that are my mentors. I feel very lucky to be able to lean on them and guide me through many of my life challenges. “