Former world champion Derval O'Rourke has turned her attention to coaching the next generation of athletes after forging a successful business in fitness and nutrition.

The Cork woman has joined forces with Olympian Marian Heffernan and together they are working with a female athlete in Cork.

"I was fortunate that I was coached by amazing people through the different phases of my running life, from being a kid, to being a teenager to being an adult," said O’Rourke speaking on We Become Heroes, an RTÉ Sport podcast.

"Not a lot of people had had asked me to coach them over the years, or looked for feedback and that could be for loads of reasons. It's not something that ever particularly bothered me, to be honest, because I was quite happy to get on with kind of the business side of things I was doing and I'm so busy.

"But then I did get approached by a couple of people, one of them in particular. So yeah, I'm coaching with Marian (Heffernan) and it's because I think it's a really good thing to do, a female athlete, really talented. And I think it's the right thing to do.

"And also the other side of it is that it does bring me joy and I think life is too short not to do things that bring you joy and I make it work within my life."

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To make it work, O’Rourke and Heffernan bring their children to the track and also incorporate family time into their programming and planning meetings. They have found a way to balance both coaching and family that works for them.

"My daughter loves the Heffernan girls," explained O'Rourke. "She has a brother, so she thinks the Heffernan girls are very cool compared to her brother. So we will go to the track, we will bring the kids and we will do our coaching,

"When we programmed the other night for three hours we did it over dinner with the kids, they had a disco while we were doing programming, so we make it work within what's going on in our lives, in our families' lives.

"I think it's good as well for my daughter to see that, to see us in that in that coaching space. And also that we are coaching a female athlete.

"I think it's really important that sport is something that's very normal. It's good. I'm really enjoying it."

We Become Heroes is a podcast hosted by RTÉ Sport journalist Marie Crowe, featuring some of Ireland's biggest sports stars.

You can watch the interview with Derval O’Rourke above or listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.