I come from a family of swimmers and started swimming very young. I grew up by the sea in Ireland, so swimming was both for fun and for safety. Many of my favourite childhood memories included water and it has always been an integral part of my life. Quickly I realised how much I loved it, and jumped into competitive swimming. I swam competitively for almost 8 years, representing Leinster and Ireland on a few occasions. After I stopped I soon became a teacher and coach- and here I am today!
I am a recent graduate of Leiden University where I completed a Masters’s Degree in International Relations.
I believe that confidence is key. The hardest muscle in your body to train is your brain and I always keep that in mind with my beginner swimmers. Being relaxed and comfortable in the water is always my priority with swimmers who are just getting used to the water and developing those key fundamental skills.
I think it is vital that people understand why they are doing something, so I aim to always clearly explain each drill or new technique.
With my coaching, I am very detail-oriented. As an excompetitive swimmer, I have maintained my eye for catching small issues within a stroke. I always focus on the smaller details as they all come together to help create the best possible outcome for the swimmer.
Swimming Certifications, Achievements, and Recognitions:
- Level 1 Swimming Teaching, Swim Ireland (2018)
- Level 1 Swimming Coaching, Swim Ireland (2016)
- Level 2 Swimming Coaching, Swim Ireland (2019)
- Level 1 Open Water Coach, Swim Ireland Conversion Course (2022)
- Received various medals at Regional and National Swim Meets
Over my 6 years of teaching and coaching, I have had a lot of different types of students. From babies to people who have recently retired, I’ve seen it all! I enjoy helping beginners gain their confidence and belief.
As I’ve mentioned, I believe that the brain is the toughest muscle to train and I think my relaxed nature helps swimmers work towards gaining that confidence.
I also enjoy more advanced swimmers. With my keen focus on stroke improvement I think I have succeeded in helping swimmers progress through their swimming journey.