Striving for sporting success

Staff

Colin Boreham

Director, UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete Academy

Colin Boreham

Professor Colin Boreham joined UCD in July 2006 to become the inaugural Director of the Institute for Sport and Health. He is a sports scientist of over 30 years standing, and has published over 100 peer reviewed papers on aspects of exercise, sport and health. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the European College of Sports Sciences, and is on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Sports Sciences and Paediatric Exercise Sciences. On the sporting front, he is an ex UK record holder for the High Jump and went on to represent Great Britain at the 1984 Olympics as a Decathlete alongside the great Daley Thompson. He was also Fitness Adviser to the IRFU from 1987-90.

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Ann O'Hanlon

Administrator

Ann O'Hanlon

Ann O'Hanlon has a BA and MBS from UCD, together with postgraduate qualifications in Psychotherapy from DCU.

Ann brings extensive knowledge of the university to her role as Manager of the Ad Astra Elite Athlete Academy. She has worked in a variety of roles within UCD, most recently as Manager of the UCD School of Physiotherapy and as a Student Adviser to the School of Computer Science. She has lectured to postgraduate students at UCD and delivered undergraduate courses for the NCI. She also practised as a psychotherapist in the Student Health Centre at UCD and at Turning Point, Dun Laoghaire. In addition to her role at the Elite Athlete Academy, Ann manages the Centre for Sports Studies which is part of the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science.

Her focus is people-centred which translates into an easy rapport with, and genuine care of all members of the Ad Astra Elite Athlete Academy.

Dr. Eamonn Delahunt

Dr. Eamonn Delahunt

Academic Mentor

Eamonn graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree from the UCD School of Physiotherapy in 2003. Upon graduation Eamonn was the recipient of a prestigious IRCSET post-graduate research scholarship. He was awarded his PhD from the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science in 2006. Eamonn has been the recipient of numerous research bursaries for his research on chronic ankle instability and has published on this topic in all the leading Sports Medicine/Science journals. He currently works as a college lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, and acts as the Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc Health and Performance Science Degree Programme. Eamonn has extensive clinical experience having previously worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist in ExWell Medical. He is currently the academic mentor for the Elite Athlete Academy.

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Romain Denis

Romain Denis

Exercise Physiologist

Romain Denis received his MSc (Research) in exercise physiology from Montpellier University, France and MPhil from Brunel University, U.K. He is an accredited Exercise Physiologist (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) and Laboratory Director of the Human Performance Laboratory within the Institute for Sport and Health. He has worked with runners, cyclists and triathletes of all abilities, but also with international squads in Rugby, Hockey and Sailing. Romain has considerable experience in providing training advice and physiological support, and is a competitive runner himself. His research interests include muscle mechanical and metabolic responses to exercise along with cardiovascular adjustments and blood flow regulation.

Romain is a competitive runner with a 2h37 personal best on Marathon and has also competed in Triathlon races (Olympic distance, PB: 2h00).

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Mr. Marcus Wehr

Mr. Marcus Wehr

Sports Superintendent - Strength and Conditioning, High Performance Unit

Marcus has degrees in Medical Science, Human Movement Studies, Human Nurtrition & Dietetics (all in Australia) and Exercise Management (UCD - Ireland). Over the last twenty years Marcus has managed and owned athletic facilities. During this time Marcus has tested and trained many county, national and commonwealth level athletes in sports including rugby, rugby league, australian rules football, field hockey, track and field, soccer, netball, triathlon and surf life saving. Marcus is also a long-term member of both the NSCA (US) and ASCA (Au) strength and conditioning associations.

Mr. George Petrakos

Mr. George Petrakos

Sports Assistant - Strength and Conditioning, High Performance Unit

George graduated with a BSc Sports Science and Exercise from Loughborough University and is completing his Masters Degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. George's highlights in the applied field have included a one year sports science internship with Chelsea Football Club and more recently, the role of assistant fitness coach to the Scotland National Rugby Team at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

Marianne Walsh

Marianne Walsh

Nutritionist

Marianne Walsh graduated with a first class honours degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ulster in 2004. During that time she spent one year working as a research technician at the University of Alabama, USA. In 2008, she received a PhD in Nutritional Metabolomics from Trinity College Dublin. She then moved to University College Dublin to work on the Joint Irish Nutrigenomics Organisation (JINGO) project, which involved clinical and exercise physiology research. She is currently working on the Food4Me project, an EU 7th Framework programme, which explores various aspects of personalised nutrition. In addition, Marianne is the Nutritionist at the Elite Athlete Academy, where she conducts workshops and individual sessions with all athletes.

Liam Heavin

Liam Heavin

DBC

Liam is a Chartered Physiotherapist with the unusual distinction of having taken his undergraduate degree in Finland. He continued his studies with an MSc in Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin before joining forces with the Helsinki-based rehabilitation group DBC International to open Ireland's first DBC centre, based at a purpose built 2,500 ft2 facility in Dublin. Since it's inception in 2001, this centre has become one of Ireland's leading Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Clinics.

Liam has continued his involvement in elite Sports Medicine as physiotherapist to Shamrock Rovers FC, having previously worked with Drogheda United, Bohemians, as screening physiotherapist for the National Coaching & Training Centre's PACE carding scheme, as well as providing physiotherapy services to several Inter-County GAA Teams. He has also previously written a monthly article on golf fitness & performance in the world's number 1 golf publication, "Golf Digest".

His 2005 appointment to the position of President of the Irish Sports Medicine Association (ISMA) was a landmark in Liam's career to date. The ISMA was the recognised official representative body of sports medicine in Ireland by the Irish Sports Council & the Department of Health, & represented the country as a member of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA) & the Fe´d´ration Internationale de M´decine du Sport (FIMS).