I swam as a kid in Cork with Dolphin and City of Cork eventually making it onto the Munster Squad for a few years. Leaving cert put an end to my swimming for a few years until I got back into it in college. After college I moved over to Belgium where I swam with the university team in Leuven, Belgium. Then a move to Holland gave me my first experience in masters swimming with Zeehond ’73 in Rozenburg which is not too far from Rotterdam. After a few years there I moved back to Belgium where I swam with the masters group of what is now called Leuven Aquatics. This gave me my first experience of open water swimming which I really enjoyed. After many years abroad I moved back to Ireland where I have swam with Cork, Limerick and eventually Askeaton masters.
Back in 2013 a few of us started up a small open water swim group in Askeaton called Deel Swimmers. This group is still going strong with almost 50 members and I also have the pleasure of coaching them.
My coaching career started in Sundays Well teaching a group of 6-8 year olds. A move to Limerick in 2013 gave me my first real taste of coaching with Askeaton where I coached age group squads for a few years.
My goal as a coach is to provide a supportive environment for all swimmers and to allow them to meet their full potential in this amazing sport.