What Makes Zach Tuohy Tick
In ‘What Makes You Tick’ I get the chance to pick the brains of some inspirational people from all walks of life, in the hope that by sharing ideas we can continue to progress, push our limits, and inspire each other.
Zach Tuohy grew up in the midlands town of Portlaoise, Co. Laois, where a love of sport- particularly Gaelic football- eventually led him Down Under. It was there he would begin to ply his trade in professional AFL football, in Melbourne, Australia.
He joined Carlton Football Club at the end of 2009, and has since become an established member of their side. He was named in the AFL Coaches’ Association’s All-Australian Team for 2015, after having caught the eye with his dominant displays in the Blues’ backline. He has amassed over 100 AFL games for his club, with Jim Stynes, Sean Wight, Tadhg Kennelly, and Pearce Hanley the only other Irish players to achieve this hugely impressive feat.
Zach was kind enough to take the time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions, and share his insights. Let’s find out what it is that makes this man tick.
Would you say you are more introverted, or extroverted?
I’m certainly not extremely extroverted, but more extroverted than introverted for sure.
What is your passion?
Sport seems to be the thing that works me up more than anything.
What are you driven by?
Trying to put myself in the best possible position to provide for my family, is hands down the thing that drives me more than anything else.
How do you measure success?
It’s nice to win silverwear, but as long as myself and my family are happy then I reckon I’m doing all right.
Who had the most influence on you at a young age?
The support of my parents is what gave me the platform to pursue the life I wanted; they could have been forgiven for thinking that a professional sporting career was beyond their 18 year old son at the time. Nothing short of constant support and belief ever came from them.
What’s the best book you’ve read?
Legacy by James Kerr. A lot to be learned from that book.
Describe your typical morning routine.
A 6:15 AM alarm gets me up for a 7:00 AM breakfast with some of my team mates at the club, and then generally straight onto the massage table for physio treatment, or a meeting pre training.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Family time. A day where I can switch off from football and just chill out with my family.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Pizza. I love pizza.
What are your hobbies/interests?
I could play golf all day, and then watch it all night.
Golf is good.
I like golf.
I am happiest when…
It’s a 3-way tie between chilling with my little fella, winning with my team mates, and sticking to within a couple of feet from a tricky lie.
What was the most significant learning experience you can recall having?
The realisation that talent alone is not enough- it needs to be combined with a high work ethic if full potential is to be reached.
What is your approach to your daily life?
Everything you do is a chance to get better.
What is your approach to training?
No aspect of training is too insignificant to not be fully committed to.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved in a team sport?
Knowing what you and your team mates have put your bodies through in order to achieve success, makes the eventual success extremely special. You become brothers as a result, not just team mates.
What advice would you give to young kids playing sports, who may have aspirations to play at an elite level?
At no point should you ever doubt that it’s possible, but nobody is entitled to anything in this life. You have to earn it.