Although Waterford locals may already be aware, Austin Gleeson is not the only one in his family with a sporting talent.
The Waterford hurler came to prominence in 2016 as he emphatically showcased his talent in Waterford’s quest for All-Ireland glory in both senior and u21 hurling games throughout the year.
In turn, he claimed numerous awards for his outstanding and consistent efforts on the field, such as the Young Player of the Year award, the Hurler of the Year award, the u21 Hurler of The Year and the Waterford Hurler of the Year. Without a doubt, those are unbelievable honours to receive at just 21 years of age.
However, Austin is not the only one of the Gleesons showcasing their sporting talent throughout the past year.
His sister, Jessica Gleeson, currently plays for the Wexford Youths soccer team. Born in 1993, she’s two years older than Austin. Although she is well-known around Mount Sion for her juvenile achievements within the GAA, Jessica pursued soccer as her number one sport, where she is positioned at centre-back.
Similar to Austin, her choice to focus primarily on one sport is beginning to pay off. In October of 2016, Gleeson was named the player of the month with Wexford Youths.
— Wexford Youths Women (@YouthsWomen) November 13, 2016
The Wexford Youths women play in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League, which is the highest level of women’s football in Ireland. That same Wexford Youths team competed in the Champions League in 2016, however their efforts were to no avail as they had to settle for third place.
Like Austin, Jessica has now made a name for herself on a national level too. She has represented the Sue Ronan’s women’s International Football team on various occasions. The Wexford Youths defender made her debut in San Diego in early 2016 against the world champions, USA. In April 2016 she was once again named on the Republic of Irelands team to face Spain in a crucial Euro 2017 qualifier game.
In March, she lined out against Austria, starting the game in her favoured centre-back position.
In April 2016 she was once again named on the Republic of Ireland’s team to face Spain in a crucial Euro 2017 qualifier game, which highlights that Irish manager, Sue Ronan, has seen her potential.
Jessica Gleeson took part in the Cyprus Cup International Senior Women's Tournament with the Irish Senior team. pic.twitter.com/eTE4eEJpCz
— Rigneydolphin (@rigneydolphin) March 14, 2016
To say the least, it’s not a bad sporting family!
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.