I think the decision to aim for the Olympic qualifiers was never really made but was always with me since my early days in a boat. I can't explain it, it's just the way it is; to compete at my best at the highest level. So, around September 2008 I made a decision to do something about it; to concentrate all my efforts into slalom training for the next while with the only aim being "to be able to look back and say I did my best"

This blog is the story of my journey

Summer 2010 roadtrip

I will be competing in three World Cup Races, Czech Republic, Spain and Germany. After five weeks is the Pre Worlds in Slovakia, with the Slovak open the following week.

Depending on my results at the World Cups I also hope to qualify for the World Championships in Slovenia.

Having never competed at this level before, it's going to be a steep learning curve, but thats what I'm here for.


I started paddling in 92 when I was 13 in Wild Water Kayak Club where I am still a member. I was a very slow starter, there are only a few paddlers around who can say how bad I really was. After the slow start I quickly  became addicted, trying most disciplines but always coming back to white water in one way or another. I have competed nationally and at club level in canoe polo, marathon, freestyle, wild water racing, surf, boatercross and slalom.
After about six years of kayaking, breaking a paddle gave me the idea of  "having a go at C1". Self taught with no plans of ever taking it seriously I tried the Liffey Descent in a C1, which lead me onto C1 freestyle in which I competed in Spain, Austria and Switzerland.
With the Olympic Games never far from my thoughts, I started training full time in September 2008 with the aim of getting to the Olympic Qualifiers for 2012. I am yet not funded in any way.

I coach in many disciplines from intermediate level upwards. Paddlers looking to improve their skills but mostly paddlers with an interested in competative paddling.
Originally from Dublin I now live in Slane with my wife, three dogs, three ducks a goose and a cat.