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28/10/2021

Inventive student making her mark on the sporting world

Some of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs were students when a “Eureka!” moment struck. Michael Dell began selling computers at the age of 19; Microsoft and Facebook both emerged from a university dorm room. And now 14-year-old Sarah Kent from Kells is launching a new sporting accessory: hurl and helmet decal accessory packs.

Some of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs were students when a “Eureka!” moment struck. Michael Dell began selling computers at the age of 19; Microsoft and Facebook both emerged from a university dorm room. And now 14-year-old Sarah Kent from Kells is launching a new sporting accessory: hurl and helmet decal accessory packs.

The “Aha” moment for Sarah, a Loreto Secondary School student, struck when she complained at home about the aesthetics of her hurl compared to that of her newly purchased hockey stick. Her father David suggested that she should channel her energies into coming up with a solution rather than focusing on the problem.

Around that time Sarah had to call a halt to her sporting activities for several months due to an injury. With a little more time on her hands, she came up with the idea of creating attractive adhesive decals using trendy patterns and designs. The decals allow players to decoratively personalise their hurl and helmet.

Sarah has navigated the usual challenges that are met when testing out new business waters, and in doing so she also sought advice from the experts, approaching businesswomen Sarah Newman of Dragon’s Den, the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board and professional designer Anne Kelly of AK Graphics based in Carlow.

Sarah has a busy schedule between school, homework, her musical studies and her sporting activities. She is a member of the Loreto school orchestra and plays soccer and camogie with her school. This year, Sarah was a member of the under-14 county camogie panel. She also plays with Danesfort GAA Club.

In the meantime Sarah will be marketing her hurl and helmet decals at the Christmas Market at the Parade in Kilkenny and on Facebook.

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