“If I can do it, anyone can do it” is what Mary Whelan teaches us in her book, a book that holds the secrets to success, to her success. Through her story she shows us that life is not easy, it is hard, but with the right attitude, the right role models, the help and support of the right people and the combination of the “fundamental qualities”, it is possible to achieve life’s aspirations and realise all your dreams, even those that seem most difficult and even when everything seems impossible.
Mary Whelan was born on 7th June, 1957, is currently an active Irish National League and Dublin local league basketball referee. Started her basketball career as a player reaching National League status and winning many national and local trophies and medals. She was nominated Dublin League Most Valuable Player of the Year Award and several Tournament Most Valuable Player awards. She subsequently went on to make history in an all-male dominated basketball refereeing world by becoming Ireland’s first female Grade 1 referee, quickly followed by becoming Ireland’s first female FIBA International referee. Mary’s international refereeing career spanned 18 years until her retirement in 2007. This is Mary’s first book documenting the secrets to her success.