Nic Gill is the current Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NZ All Blacks. He has held this prestigious position for over eight years working with many of the world’s elite rugby players where he plays a huge role in the innovation, leadership and performance of a world class team and organisation. Prior to this Nic worked with Chiefs Super Rugby Team based in Hamilton, NZ.
In addition to these roles Nic has an impressive resume in academics. He received his PhD in exercise physiology from Southern Cross University, Australia in 2001, and following this was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in exercise physiology. Nic has since been employed as a Research Fellow at AUT University where he is an Associate Professor in Auckland, where he currently supervises PhD students in the areas of strength, power and performance.
Nic’s personal sporting accomplishments include competing in the infamous ironman races where he has clocked an impressive sub 10hr finish.
As an Strength and Conditioning Coach who engages with some of the top athletes in the world on a daily basis Nic fully appreciates the crucial aspect recovery plays in sport and active pursuits.
Nicks role as ambassador for Pure Athlete products reflects his value and understanding of human performance and the important role recovery plays in this equation regardless of age or the activities individuals are engaged in. To find out more about Nic and his own own company please visit www.recoverydoctor.co.nz
Joanne is a full time charity fundraiser with the Irish Cancer Society, a part time triathlete and sports announcer. Having taken up triathlon in 2009 Joanne has gone from strength to strength with Galway Triathlon Club completing her first IM 70.3 in Mallorca in 2012. This year Joanne has turned her attention to her first full Ironman distance event in July at Challenge Roth.
In addition to racing IM 70.3 Mallorca in May, she will race as an Irish age group athlete at the ITU
World Championships in London in September of this year. Mixing her passion for triathlon and her flair for presenting Joanne is a regular sports announcer for numerous high profile events both in Ireland and the UK.
Growing up in Salthill Galway, beside the sea, it seemed only natural that Kevin would have an affinity to water and swimming but it wasn’t until 2010 that he got involved in triathlons.
From these beginnings Kevin has gone from strength to strength. He is a member of the Belpark Triathlon Club and is a current Irish Representative having raced competitively (and won) in many races throughout Ireland, UK and Europe.
Kevin is also a qualified physiotherapist so he knows how important recovery and looking after the body is to ensure you can perform at your best. In memory of his mother Kevin also organisers the annual Francis Thornton Memorial Galway Swim which raises funds in support of cancer.
Starting out in boxing at the age of 10 yrs in 2008 Saidhbh has already amassed a good record for herself with the following successes.
- 3 x Connaught Champion 2010, 2011,2012
- 3 x All Ireland Champion 2011,2012,2013
- 2 x All Ireland Cadet Champion (champion of champions) 2011.2012
Saidhbh is a member of the Ballinacarrow boxing club and represented Ireland at the European Championships in 2012.
Despite her tender years, Austeja is already a highly accomplished young boxer with nine all Ireland titles and five Ulster titles under her belt. In addition to her national success, she had also made an impact on the world stage, picking up bronze at the 2011 World Women’s Youth and Junior Championships in Turkey.
Austeja, named Donegal’s Young Sport’s Personality of the Year in 2013, is based in Finn Valley Boxing Club. With massive potential and an excellent attitude to match, we can be sure to hear a lot more about this star in the future.
A Galway native, Ruth began her soccer playing career with local side Salthill Devon FC. Her time in the blue and white stripes of Salthill involved numerous regional titles, a national intermediate Irish title in 2008, and captaincy of the 2010 side which contested the Irish Senior Umbro Cup final. During these years, Ruth also represented the Galway League team who competed in the UEFA Champtions League.
Since then, Ruth has accumulated numerous intercollegiate, regional and national honours, and and has also spent time travelling and playing abroad. Her return in 2013 coincided with the birth of Galway Women’s FC, and their inaugural season in the Irish Women’s National League. Ruth captained Galway WFC for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, and was named Galway Player of the Year at the end of last season.
Ruth has recently signed for reigning WNL champions Wexford Youths FC for the 2015/16 season.