Peter has coached water polo for over last twenty years and has delivered programmes at all levels of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan. He has coached at each stage of this pathway from pre-school aged children, at fundamentals, to the Irish Men’s National Team at senior level. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) from the University of Ulster and went on to do a PGCE in Physical Education. He now balances his time between being a full time fire-fighter and coaching water polo at both Lisburn and Cathal Brugha.
In his early coaching career Peter received a bursary from Swim Ireland to travel to the Queensland Academy of Sport, in Brisbane Australia. Here he observed coaches, and teams, to see how they approach performing at the later stages of the LTAD plan. He coaches at the highest level in the sport nationally, with Cathal Brugha, and has also been assistant coach for the Men’s National Team. He was coach of Cathal Brugha Senior Men in 2015 when they won the Irish Senior Cup which is one of the many titles he has won with the club.
Callum has been part of Lisburn Swimming Club since he was five years old. He came up through the learn to swim programme at Lisburn and advanced to competitive swimming. While competing Callum qualified for the Irish National swimming Championship Division 1 twice, made several individual finals and won three gold medals, and one silver, in the relays.
He left competitive swimming when he was twelve years old and joined Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club. He was instantly hooked on the sport and has represented Ireland at three different international tournaments at junior level. Callum continues to play for Cathal Brugha Senior Men’s team and won the Irish Senior Cup in 2015.