My journey in tennis started in Parks Tennis and playing with my Father. I played tennis only in the summer time until I was 10/11, and then I started in Galway LTC. I was coached by 2/3 coaches but mainly by Hugh McDonagh until I was 15. I took a break for a while, but I got playing a lot more regularly from the age of 18. I enjoyed playing the senior tournaments and playing Mike Geraghty’s Tuesday night doubles.
I studied Sports Science in London for three years and whilst there I played tennis for the University. We had matches on Wednesdays against other Universitys home and away. I got to play in Roehampton where the LTA National Training Centre was, and I played against some really good players. After that, I returned to Galway. I became the Galway LTC Tennis Captain and I did my Tennis Ireland Level 1 in Dublin with Alec Sandys. We both passed with flying colours. 🙂 I did some coaching in Galway LTC, but I was looking for something more full time.
I applied for the position of Head Coach in Omagh. I succeeded and moved to the Northern Ireland in 2013. I was coaching juniors and seniors but also helping to organise tournaments, social competitions and other events. Whilst in Omagh, I completed my Tennis Ireland Level 2 and I played for Connacht on a few occasions.
5 years have passed, and in January 2018 I returned to where it all started. My aim is to help grow the numbers playing tennis in Galway, while also improving the standard. There is a good team of people here so “sky’s the limit”.