From an early age my life revolved around sport. Initially, this took the form of participating in numerous sports myself. I was fortunate to live in a variety of countries growing up; Singapore, UK, Thailand, and the Netherlands. This provided me the opportunity of experiencing a range of cultures and people. I believe this has helped me emphathise with others and appreciate individual differences. Sport is a universal language understood by all, and certainly formed a large part of my childhood.
As I grew older I became increasingly intrigued by the theory of sport and exercise science. Studying the subject at Bachelors, Masters, and PhD levels. Alongside this, I gained experience working in applied sporting environments. Initially starting as a strength & conditioning and sport science practitioner, before transitioning into a performance manager. My current role sees me lead a team of S&C, sport science, medical and nutrition practitioners towards achieving a common objective.
I have been fortunate enough to spend the past decade working in professional sport. I have found I thrive when working as part of a diverse team aiming to achieve a common objective. The biggest highlights of my career are the satisfaction and pride I take from supporting athletes and practitioners I have worked with achieve success.
I have always been a huge advocate of hard work, acknowledging that to achieve your goals there must be sacrifice, resilience and consistency in your approach. My mindset was always to focus upon achieving the next goal; Bachelors degree, Masters degree, PhD. Striving to achieve the necessary qualifications, publications and experience to become the best practitioner I possibly could, and ultimately help the athletes and practitioners I work with to achieve their goals.
In 2019, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. For those who have experienced something similar, I’m sure you can empathise with the emotions and thoughts associated. The only way I can articulate this is by describing that your entire world, and everything you care about, comes crashing down in a matter of seconds. The feeling of shock, disbelief and fear was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.
Thankfully, I continue to receive brilliant medical care, and have an incredible support network to help me through. Strangely, given time, there are positives that emerge from situations whereby you are so bluntly confronted by your own mortality. These weren't immediately apparent, but have come as a result of some deep and honest reflection.
This period, and my ongoing experiences since, have allowed me to gain real perspective on what's important in life. The importance of relationships, and being present in the moment. The importance of having a purpose, pursuing your passion, and achieving goals. But also the importance of balance, in living a meaningful, healthy and successful life.
As a consequence of my life experiences, I believe I can add value to those looking to develop as well-rounded athletes or practitioners, and achieve their potential.