BSc (Hons) Sport Exercise & Leisure
High performance manager and business owner
Armagh GAA & Infinity hot yoga
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
giving me the required knowledge in my chosen field and a solid foundation for further study in strength and conditioning.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
I worked in Ulster Rugby and Armagh GAA shadowing the strength and conditioning coaches and physios. I was a qualified sports masseuse so I was able to earn some money by working as part of the medical team.
I literally worked my way up from the bottom of the ladder by doing rubs and filling water bottles to after a while being able to take warm ups and work on the return to play programs with the injured players.
In this business you have to be willing to put in the hard yards as that is where you learn the most. Luckily for me Armagh GAA won the All lreland in 2002 so it was also great to experience the highs of elite sport.
How placement enhanced my employability
In my placement in Australia in Queens Sport I worked in the Sports Science Department under Dr Harry Brennan and learnt about testing procedures of a variety of different sports. I worked with a variety of athletes from a wide range of sports and levels.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- My Time with Ulster and Armagh while at university showed me what it was like to work in elite sport, I gained invaluable knowledge and experience which helped me get my first job when I graduated in New Zealand working in the Top of the south rugby academy.
- My time there was incredible, I had the opportunity to shadow some of the top strength and conditioning coaches (Ashley Jones who was the All Blacks S& C coach) and experience the inner workings of New Zealand rugby and the super 15 team the Crusaders.
- Once again the knowledge and experience I gained here allowed me to come back to Ireland where I have been lucky enough to work with Tennis Ireland, Dublin City University GAA Academy, Kildare GAA and now I have come full circle again and am working For Armagh GAA.
What would your advice to students be?
Work hard and don't give up, make good contacts and surround yourself with good people.
Don't be afraid to push yourself.