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My Journey Down Under

Updated: Aug 31



My Aussie experience began in August 2010 with my first stop being Sydney. Back then I was still working in the Horse Racing industry and I landed my first job down under with John O'Shea at Randwick Racecourse. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Sydney and after spending 6 months there, I enjoyed a few weeks travelling with friends before securing my next job with Tony McEvoy in the beautiful Barossa Valley, South Australia. It was here that my love for AFL began while playing for the mighty Angaston Panthers. I got my first taste of Australian sporting culture and I loved it! The Barossa Valley also introduced me to Rodeos and what an amazing experience that was. Over the next two years I competed in many rodeos all over Australia and also spent a short time bull riding in the United States. I have some great memories from my time in the Barossa where I met some wonderful people and made friends for life.













From the Barossa to Ballarat

Ballarat in Victoria was my next stop, arriving here in November 2012 to work for Darren Weir. Little did I know that this would mark the beginning of a life changing few years. I moved here to work in the Horse Racing industry and was fortunate enough to have been able to secure my Australian passport and gain dual citizenship as a result. I joined Learmonth Football Club in 2013 and it was here that my interest in coaching was ignited under the guidance of legendary AFL coach John Northey. His passion for coaching as well as his ability to get the best out of the people around him stuck with me. In 2014 while playing for Learmonth I suffered a broken leg and my time on the sidelines enabled me to pursue formal qualifications in the sport and fitness profession. I soon obtained my personal training and S&C certificates and I was on my way down a new exciting career path. I took up my first coaching role with Learmonth's u18s in 2015.


I guess you could say that plenty of positives came from my broken leg and in my attempt to return to fitness, I joined the Eureka Athletic Club. Under the guidance of Rod Griffin and in the company of lots of great athletes, I developed a love for running. Since joining in 2014, I have worked hard and I am constantly improving with my greatest achievement to date being a victory at the 2019 Stawell Gift Carnival. Running has become a big part of my life ever since I joined Eureka AC and I am appreciative of the help Rod has given me and the great people I have met along the way.


Over the next few years I became relentless in chasing coaching opportunities. I secured strength and conditioning roles with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels and North Ballarat City in 2018 & 2019 as well as gaining experience in Rugby league with the Victorian Thunderbolts in 2019. I left Ballarat in October 2019 as a Strength & Conditioning Coach with a huge passion for coaching.

I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic coaches along the way. Rod Griffin, John Northey, Gerard Fitzgerald, Rick Andrews and Shane Skontra have had the greatest influence on my journey and it has been an absolute pleasure to have met them.








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