Meet the 2018 New Zealand Rose of Tralee
Jolene McLaughlin, from Wellington-Hutt Valley GAA.
This year's Wellington-Hutt Valley GAA Rose is Jolene McLaughlin, a 25-year old sports physiotherapist, who was raised amongst the famous hills of Donegal.
Jolene made the move to New Zealand in early 2015 after graduating from University College Dublin, and has been exploring the peaks and valleys of this beautiful country since she stepped off the plane.
She is an active member of Wellington GFHA and, when she isn't playing Gaelic football herself, can often be seen volunteering her physio skills from the sideline in Gaelic, rugby and soccer. Jolene has also rekindled her love for Irish dancing, which she first started at the age of four, since moving to Aotearoa.
Forever seeking new challenges and adventures, Jolene is passionate about creating a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of society. She is extremely proud to be part of the Wellington community and the whanau that makes this place her "home from home".
In her own words: