Jason Sherlock grew up in Finglas, North Dublin. As the son of an Irish mother and Asian father, he experienced racism throughout his childhood.
On the playing fields and basketball courts however, he found acceptance, along with a new-found discipline to fend off the daily taunts.
Sherlock represented Ireland in under-21s soccer, captained its basketball team and spent his summers winning hurling trophies in Cork. But in 1995 his life changed overnight as he was plucked from the fringes to become the best-known star in the GAA.
'Jayo Mania' came out of nowhere and spread through the country like wildfire. New opportunities arose from his new-found celebrity status.
Sherlock's story is one of a battle for acceptance, a fight against racism, a climb to the highest levels of three sports with a stop off along 'Celebrity Way'.