Hi All,
I was nominated for the BIF by Pedro Freitas BIF Ian Kehoe BIF and Sally Redmond BIF . Ian and I started in SAP around the same time and we both work on the SD team in Dublin, Ireland, along with Sally who recently became our manager. Pedro also works on the SD team but in our Brazil office, somewhere I would love to visit someday!

This Blog It Forward Challenge was a great way of finding out more about my colleagues and SCN community members. I’ve learned a lot interesting facts!

For more details on BIF check out: Blog It Forward Community Challenge

Introduction

My name is Ann Marie Sinclair. I am from Dublin and live quite close to the SAP office, which is on the outskirts of County Dublin, located at the base of the Dublin Mountains. I’ve been working for SAP since January 2006 and have a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Computing (Information Technology). I come from a family of Six, (3 brother and 2 sisters). I’m married to Stephen and we have a wonderful 4 year old son, who has us wrapped around his little finger! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fun fact about my country/yourself

Stephen and I, were married in 2008, in a chapel just outside Edinburgh, Scotland, called Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn was made famous by
Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code and later by the movie with Tom Hanks. Although it was nice to get married in a famous Chapel, our reason for choosing it was due to the connection to my husband’s family. The chapel was founded by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness in 1446.
On our first visit to Rosslyn back in 2005 we both fell in love with the Chapel and from then on knew that this was the place we wanted to be married in. Our wedding was the first Sinclair wedding in the Chapel in over a Hundred years. The Chapel itself is relatively small (21 metres in length and 13 metres in height), but is one of the most ornate chapels in Europe. Practically every surface of Rosslyn Chapel is carved in an amazing display of craftsmanship. There are literally hundreds of individual figures and scenes carved around you; It is an awe inspiring building!

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Questions asked by Sally

  • Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know
    Ok, so some people already know this, but back in 2007, Myself and my husband (then boyfriend) travelled to the Czech Republic to undertake an intensive
    course to obtain our paragliding licenses. We were trained by the then Female World Paragliding Champion Petra Silvova and her team, it was an amazing
    experience. Unfortunately while there, the weather deteriorated (as can be seen in the pic below, where we had to hurriedly “pack” the paragliders into the back of one of the instructors cars, when it began to rain heavily, not the recommended way to store your paraglider!) , we finished the course but could not perform the manoeuvres in the practical exam required to obtain the PL-A  license. My husband returned a couple of months later and obtained his license (and now also flies hang gliders), but unfortunately I did not return due to other commitments. Although the license is not legally required to fly paragliders/hanggliders in Ireland, it is however necessary in order to join the Irish Hang gliding and Paragliding association, which have access to some of the best sites inIreland for flying./wp-content/uploads/2014/10/225542_5632717941_9530_n_557947.jpg/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/1356094396_b950540116_m_557951.jpg
  • What is your biggest achievement in life?
    This has to be having my son, the most handsome, brightest, funniest little boy in the world, although I may be a little bit biased, but he is Super boy after all.
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  • If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
    I think I would either be a science/maths teacher.
    When choosing which degree to take I made a choice between Computing or Science. Obviously Computing won out, but I also love Science.
  • If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?
    Super Girl, then I wouldn’t need my paraglider!

Blogging It Forward

I’d like to blog it forward to the following people:

Michael Shields

Gerard Magorrian

Catherine McKenna

Amber Naseer

Christin Munick

Jana Kreutziger

Ita Curran

and would like if they could answer the following questions:

  • Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know
  • If you could have a conversation with anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be and why?
  • If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
  • If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

I hope you will enjoy my BIF and feel free to comment or ask me any questions you’d like in the comments below!!!

Please remember to follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you “Blog It Forward” to post the links to their “Blog It Forward” blogs.

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  1. Tammy Powlas

    Fantastic history and photos, Ann.  Amazing story…and your son is a “Super Boy”

    I commend you for paragliding – that must give you the confidence to do anything.

    Tammy

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  2. Mariano Cabalen

    Hi Ann Marie,

    Welcome to the BIF family!! Very nice BIF and pictures!!

    Paragliding is something that I would like to try at least once in my life.. should be amazing!

    All the best for you.

    Kind Regards,

    Mariano

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    1. Ann Marie Sinclair Post author

      Thanks Mariano!

      Would definitely recommend paragliding, even a tandem flight just to wet your appetite! I’ve done a tandem flight on Dune du Pyla in the south of France, but personally prefer flying them myself.

      All the best,

      Ann Marie

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  3. Sally Redmond

    Ann Marie you just whupped the lads on the team and raised the bar (sorry Eoin Hurley paragliding is cooler than surfing  ๐Ÿ˜‰ )  – very impressed  – loving these blog it forwards and great to get to know more about the team!

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  4. Ravi Sankar Venna

    Fantastic picture and great articulation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good to know you.

    Every kid is a diamond for their mother. You are not biased. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great to see your spirit for Paragliding. Hopefully, you would get your license soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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