The Cuddy family from Roscommon staged a remarkable comeback to book their place in the Ireland’s Fittest Families semi-finals with a show of true grit last Sunday.
Reeling from a disappointing performance in the ‘Pontoons of Pain’ challenge, the Cuddys, featuring mum Bernie, her son James and daughters Lisa and Emma, were forced to ‘Hang Tough’ to extend their stay on the hit RTÉ show.
The first event had started well for the Roscommon family but took a turn when Lisa Cuddy chipped her two front teeth when attempting to cross a balance beam.
Lisa said it was a worrying moment for the family: “Sometimes the unexpected can happen…normally my balance would be quite good but the nerves seemed to get to me for that event. We are really good at team events but I just felt a bit outnumbered standing along on the balance beam,” she said.
“I was fairly battered and bruised afterwards but I was lucky I was wearing Invisalign otherwise I would have lost my two front teeth!
“Nothing was going to be enough for me after ‘Pontoons of Pain’ and I felt I had an awful lot of making up to do,” she said.
The Cuddys were facing the dreaded Eliminator ahead of their second event, ‘Hang Tough’, but Lisa showed remarkable resilience to hang on for over three minutes and pull her family through to this Sunday’s semi-finals.
“I was actually disappointing after ‘Hang Tough’…I wanted to get to four minutes!
“I wasn’t too happy with it but thankfully it worked out. We had to move on quickly after the first event we were delighted to make the semi-finals,” she said.
Asked what was going through her head as she dangled from a crane high above the Fittest Family set, Lisa said: “Not much to be honest! ‘Take A Chance On Me’ by Abba was actually playing in my head…I was trying my best to keep it chill!”
The Cuddys will once again have the whole county behind them this Sunday as they look to book their place in the finals of Ireland’s Fittest Family on RTÉ One at 6.30 pm.