If you were to ask me 20 years ago where I’d be when I was 40 I would never have imagined the journey would have taken me so far from home, to have allowed me to experience so many different cultures, and allowed me to meet so many amazing people.
As a 20 year old Sport and Exercise Science Graduate who was coaching tennis full time in a Health and Racquet Club in the UK, I embarked on a journey that took me around the world providing tennis coaching services at resorts and hotels. This led to a role recruiting and training Tennis and Sports Coaches to work in these resorts, managing teams from a distance and developing exciting new brands and products for the Resort market.
I then returned to the Health and Racquet Club world running the Premier Club in Dublin Ireland. This role was very focused on the customer experience, the operational processes and ensuring we had the right people in place to deliver what were high level member expectations.
In 2011 I was offered the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work for the regional tennis association Tennis Northern, I moved out with Helen my then partner (now wife), and we instantly fell in love with the country, the people and the lifestyle. I worked with Tennis New Zealand to roll out Tennis Hotshot and Cardio Tennis, national programs brought in from overseas. I worked as a Coach Developer educating and mentoring coaches as they started on their own journey. I’m passionate about this space and providing support to ensure coaches can maximise their potential.
I transitioned into Golf Club Management in 2017 to stretch and challenge myself further. Switching sports presented unique challenges however the principles remain the same. I strongly believe that there are huge learning opportunities that can be gained by working together more closely with other sports and organisations. We can all learn from each other, we just need the capacity to ask the right questions and to listen.
My movement to the Bruce Pulman Park and to Gymsport provides me with the next exciting chapter in my Sports Administration journey. I’m proud to be associated with such a great facility and to be working with such a talented group of industry professionals. Hopefully I can help and support where needed, bring fresh eyes and ideas, and hopefully add some value.
As a father of two little ‘kiwi’ girls Leilani (5) and Kaia (3) I know they are excited to see where daddy works, and they are starting on their own journey in such a beautiful country.