Michael is a graduate of Sport Management at University College Dublin and Business Management at IT Sligo. He has worked in the Fitness Industry in Ireland and the United States for 14 years in roles as a fitness instructor/personal trainer, and facility manager before taking the plunge into Disability Sport in 2002. At this time he developed and promoted inclusive sport and fitness programmes as Sports Development Officer for students with disabilities at Dublin City University. He has worked with Special Olympics Ireland as Regional Development Officer in the areas of sport and events/volunteers. As Development Officer for Basketball Ireland he was responsible for club development in the northwest region and promoting basketball opportunities for all ages, cultures and including people with disabilities.
In 2007 he was appointed Head Coach for the successful Special Olympics Ireland Men’s Basketball team in the World Games in Shanghai. He is a qualified Special Olympics Coaching Ireland Tutor and holds coaching qualifications in athletics, basketball, goalball, wheelchair basketball and certifications in adapted physical activity and fitness. He was first to introduce Power Soccer to Ireland at Dublin City University in 2003 and at this time also promoted the first Goal ball event held at DCU in National Media.
He has a passion for all sports with a particular interest in athletics, basketball and cycling, having competed for local football, basketball and athletics clubs and is holder of numerous regional and national titles for athletics.
He recently took up the role of National Training and Education Development Coordinator for CARA the National Adapted Physical Activity Centre and is responsible for developing, coordinating and leading the Training and Education strands within CARA’s National Standardised Training and Education Framework.