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Derval is one of Cork’s finest exports and one of Ireland’s most decorated athletes with 5 major international medals to her name as a world class hurdler.
The 36 year old from Douglas studied in UCD before going on to complete a Master’s in Business Management in Smurfit Business School.
Derval completed a cookery certificate course in Dublin Cookery School and presents a food and fitness workshop in Ballymaloe Cookery School three times a year.
Derval is one of a small group of Irish athletes to have competed at three Olympic Games, as she represented Ireland in Athens, Beijing and London.
She is also in a very elite group of Irish world champions. Derval was World Indoor Champion in 2006 as she kicked off her career. She went on to add 2 European Championship outdoor medals and 2 European Indoor Championships medals to this over her career.
After her retirement Derval set about educating the Irish public on how to eat healthy, tasty and simple food with her first book Food for the Fast Lane. It went on to become a number one best seller. She followed this up with the equally successful "The Fit Foodie".
Derval lives in Cork with her husband Peter and their 2 year old daughter Dafne.
World Indoor Champion
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Food For the Fast Lane
After devising a nutritionally balanced training menu with peak performance in mind, she gained boundless energy and a better ability to focus, both on and off the track. Here she reveals the recipes that helped her reach her professional goals.
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The Fit Foodie
The Fit Foodie is full of simple, delicious and totally doable recipes such as Laid-Back Lamb Tagine, Mediterranean Salmon and Spaghetti, Butternut and Bean Stew, Almond, Hazelnut and Pine Nut Bread and a stunning Chocolate Fondant Cake.
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Anna Geary"I love Derval's approach to food and fitness. Her recipes are simple to do but really effective for staying on track with my health. Her fitness tips are doable and easy to apply in my busy everyday life"
Clodagh McKenna"Derval is a big inspiration for me for many different reasons. Her experience in fitness and health is something I follow her guidance on, with the hope that one day I might have half the body that she does. Excited that she will be sharing more so I can learn from this incredible woman. I love her"
Donnacha O'Callaghan"Derval's recipes are my go to recipes to cook. They help me to stay on track with healthy eating which is a really important part of playing professional rugby. The fact that the recipes are so easy to do is a huge plus."
Ray D'Arcy"It's easy - that's the brilliant thing about it - and it's all healthy"
Rachel Allen"I am so impressed with the taste of Derval's dishes. They are really fabulous and I can see how healthy and energy-giving they are."
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