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Graham Atkinson, winner of the first race of the 2018 Irish Injured Jockeys’ Corinthian Challenge charity series

Thursday, 16th August, 2018 10:06am

Name and position: Graham Atkinson, landscaper and winner of the first race of the 2018 Irish Injured Jockeys’ Corinthian Challenge charity series

Age: 40

Lives: Knockavilla

Family: Wife Theresa and two children Lucy (5) and Charlie (3)

Pets: Dog called Billy

Favourite thing about Cork: Living so close to the beach

Least favourite thing about Cork: It’s just too far away from everything

One thing you’d change about Cork: Move it to the midlands

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

That’s easy… a jockey!

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

A was previously an amateur jockey. I then worked for ten years in Cork Airport. Now I am in landscaping, and have had a multitude of other jobs in between.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

Working for myself and just working away on my own.

What motivates you?

Getting out of the house and away from the wife.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Don’t leave college after five months!

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be working with horses.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Winning the first leg of the Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series in aid of Irish Injured Jockeys recently, aboard Air Supremacy in the colours of JP McManus for trainer Joseph O’Brien.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My mother and father.

What is the life dream now?

To enjoy family life, and I wouldn’t mind winning the Lotto too!

How do you switch off?

I don’t really switch off, only when I go to bed.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Going point-to-pointing as a young lad.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

The home place.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘If I had to do it all again, I’d do everything I was accused of.’

When are you at your happiest?

When I’m with my kids.

Any regrets?

No, thank God.

What is your hidden talent?

Ask my wife!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I lost two stone in the run up to the Corinthian Challenge and go to the gym most mornings before work, as well as riding out in Joseph O’Brien’s yard at the weekend to maintain my weight and riding fitness.

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