I was so happy that our good friends Rob and Marian Heffernan invited us to RTÉs Dancing With The Stars recently!!
Rob, as you might know, is a World Champion Race Walker and holds the Irish record for competing in 5 different Olympic Games. He won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics and also holds a bronze medal from the 2010 European Championships.
This year, however, he is taking on a whole new challenge competing in Dancing With The Stars and I’ve been following Rob religiously for some behind the scenes scoops on his Instagram here.
Rob and all the celebs have been training hard since November and it is no mean feat learning a whole new skillset but Rob is improving every week along with his dance partner, the lovely Emily Barker. I have to say the whole production set is so impressive and it was fascinating seeing how everything works in the background.
Now, I thought would be rude of me not to have a go myself so when they asked in the pre-show for a few people to come out on the dance floor I jumped at the chance and if you were following me on Snapchat: lauradfitness you would have seen me shaking my stuff – what a laugh!
Rob and Emily dressed up in a Beetlejuice team and nailed it and I was delighted for them. Unfortunately, fellow Cork man and former Munster and Ireland Rugby star Tomás O’ Leary was voted off which leaves Rob and Anna Geary the only two Rebels left at this point.
That night we all headed into Dublin for one of the infamous “Marty Partys”, with legendary GAA presenter Marty Morrissey, what a lovely guy. In fact I have to say that every single one of the celebs and dancers couldn’t have been nicer and they all have a real camaraderie between them.
I would love to get up again so don’t forget to text ROB to 53125 when the lines open next Sunday!!
By the way, I did try and audition for next year…. check out the clip below to see me try out!