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.


Huge thanks to all who help me in different ways:

Paul Byrne - strength and conditioning coach
Aidan Woods - Physiotherapy
Dr. Nick Mahony - Injury recovery and fitness testing
Bernard Donne - fitness testing
National Slalom Committee - especially Tadhg MacIntyre and Colm Ryan
Ettore Ivaldi - Team manager and coach 2010
And most of all; Maeve Coleman - Wife, motivation coach, manager, logistics and general support and encouragement