On a lighter – and, ironically, more fast-paced note – the experience studying abroad exposed Tobin to another study that’s also still a part of her life today – the sports of hurling and camogie.
While living in England, she picked up an ancient Gaelic, team sport which is a full-contact, fast-paced mix of hockey and lacrosse. Hurling (played by men) and camogie (played by women) share many features of Gaelic football. For close to seven years, Tobin was heavily involved in the Baltimore Gaelic Athletic Association and the camogie league in Baltimore. She got involved here in Charlotte, as well; the ladies’ Gaelic football team won the senior national title last year. They’ll compete in Philadelphia this year – along with 1,000+ teams from across the country.
Today, as a member of the Charlotte Gaelic Athletic Association, she continues to play Gaelic football, and she’s heavily involved in starting up hurling and camogie here, as well.
“It’s a nice way to share a sport that you wouldn’t normally encounter here in the States,” she shares.
It’s also how she met her husband.
“We were both in the Gaelic Athletic Association in Baltimore,” Tobin notes. “We were friends for a number of years before we started dating.” The two got married late last year.
Now at home in Charlotte, Tobin is on the move, riding her bike to and from the office.
“I find it to be a great way to start and end the day,” she says. And we know she really, truly means it.