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High Performance Coach with 30yrs in the fitness industry and 20yrs training elite level athletes in Soccer, Football, Hurling, Camogie, Powerlifting, Athletics, Swimming & Gymnastics. 


Spent 9 yrs Tutoring between NTC (National Training Centre) & EFPA (Elite Fitness & performance Academy).  

Tom has a MSC in Strength & Conditioning, MSC in Advanced Sports Performance,  PG Dip in Exercise & Nutrition, Tutor Trainer L2, UEFA A, Athletics L2, Weightlifting L2,. He is currently studying for a third Masters in Sport & Clinical Biomechanics at ATU Galway.


Played Irish League soccer, Managed league of Ireland. Scouted for English Premier League Team. 


Helped athletes reach European Football, all Ireland finals in Hurling & Camogie, World record holders in Powerlifting, National records in High Jump, Sprinting, Swimming & Gymnastics. 

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Tom French

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Evan Noonan


Evan grew up playing Hurling, then after starting college he become more interested in the gym. This is where he stumbled upon the Sports Academy method after reading an interview with Tom French.

In 2013 he joined Sports Academy as a member where he spent almost 2 years, before moving to Beijing to teach English. There he kept up his training and did his fitness certs. He then moved to New Zealand where he also got involved in some shadow teaching at Instinct Fitness. At the end of 2017 he moved back to Galway and re-joined Sports Academy as a member. It was not long before then he was roped into some coaching. Evan has been coaching with us since 2018.

He is a highly regarded as a well-established coach and always gets the best out of our members. His favourite areas to coach are gymnastics and loves helping members to achieve their first pull-up, push up, handstand etc, takes time and dedication but is always such a great achievement!


Over the last few years, his training is geared to compete in both individual and team competitions, marathon training, and to keep healthy overall. 

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Rob Hession
Weightlifting Coach 

Rob's interest in fitness and exercise started from playing hurling at a young age. Unfortunately, due to a torn ACL was forced to give up hurling and concentrate on rehabilitation and gym work. 

He eventually fell in love with the sport of Olympic weightlifting and decided to pursue his  Coaching Certs.


In addition to this, he developed a passion for the sport and this led him to compete in the sport of weightlifting. To date, Rob has taken part at European and National level competitions , as well as competing in provincial level  Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting.


Leona McCarthy
Personal Trainer  

Leona is a Former Professional Dancer, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritional coach . Leona runs all our in house Small Group PT and PT sessions.

Leona has a wealth of experience and has helped hundreds of men and women online and in person achieve remarkable results.
Working 10+ years in the wellness industry Leona is very passionate and dedicated to helping people live a healthier balanced lifestyle , plus educating her clients on the importance of long term exercise and diet while pushing them to reach their goals in a realistic and structured way.

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