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Speakers at the Seminar Monday 07th November 2016 Bryan Mccrystal & Joe O Connor

Published on 1st Nov 2016 at 10:41 by Admin

My name is Bryan McCrystal. I am a former Soccer player turned Triathlete!

I am a full time Jeweller in Baldwins. I custom make mainly Engagement Rings and Wedding rings. Baldwins are a family run business that is its 3rd Generation. I am lucky enough to be that 3rd person. Established in 1955 we have been serving the public quality product for quite some time…

Since I could walk I have played Soccer. Graduating from my local side Bellurgan Fc and then to senior level at Dundalk Fc I was spotted by Leeds United. I signed for Leeds United in 1998 and played youth and reserve team level for 3 years or so.  Also making a few appearences for Ireland at Youth Level. Unfortunatley things didnt work out and I came home in 2001 and continued to play League of Ireland and Irish League. I enjoyed spells we Dundalk Fc, Newry city Fc and Dungannan Swifts. Between Clubs I suffered several Knee ACL & cartilage problems that brought a halt to my playing career in May 2007.

The same year in October I competed in the Dublin Marathon as a ”keep myself fit” attitude. I completed it in 2 hours 58 minutes.  Fed up with running alone I joined My local Setanta Triathlon Club

Since 2008 I have trained and competed as a triathlete and have enjoyed some great times and a quick transition from a footballer to a triathlete.

In my first season I raced all distances and qualified for the World Championships in Florida after a successful age group postion in th Uk 70.3. Unfortunatley I couldnt make it.

From there and up to the present I continue to compete and train hard and design the odd Diamond Ring…

Joe O Connor

Since 1998, Joe has worked in the fitness industry and in 2006 began lecturing in exercise physiology and performance training in IT Tralee. Joe continues to work as a fitness consultant to a number of individual athletes, teams and organisations across a variety of sports at both amateur and professional level as well as featuring on RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family as the Fitness & Performance Expert.

Joe is a Sport & Fitness consultant who lectures on the Health & Leisure Studies Course in I.T. Tralee. Having worked in the sport & fitness industry since 1998, in 2006 Joe started lecturing in the Institute of Technology Tralee in the areas of Resistance Training, Exercise Physiology and Advanced Performance Training. A competitive runner since childhood, Joe has raced every distance from the 400m to the Marathon and also has competed in many Triathlons & Adventure Races. Today he works as an Exercise Physiology Tutor and Strength and Conditioning tutor for Athletics Ireland.

His education includes a First Class Honours Degree in Health, Fitness & Leisure, a Master’s Degree in Exercise & Nutrition Science, as well as being certified by Functional Movement Systems and the Titleist Performance Institute.
He works with many individuals and teams, from Athletics to Basketball, through his consultancy NISUS Sport & Fitness. Joe worked as fitness coach to the Waterford senior Hurlers during their successful Munster Championship campaign of 2010 and with the Kerry Senior Hurlers and footballers in 2011 when they won the Christy Ring Cup (for the first time) and Munster Championships respectively. During the filming of ‘Ireland's Fittest Family’, currently showing on RTÉ 1, Joe acted as Fitness & Performance Expert to the producers and creators.

In November 2011, Joe joined the Clare senior hurling management team as their head of Fitness, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning. In September 2013, Clare won the All-Ireland final.

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