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Welcome to my blog which documents my journey through highs and lows previously in the world of Indoor Rowing, racing on the international circuit for 3 seasons. I initially rowed for the Royal Navy, but was then fortunate enough to be invited to row on the Q-Power team under the guidance of my coach and mentor James Bailey. A former Royal Marine who transferred to the Royal Navy after 6 years, I would later pay for my previous efforts serving as a Royal Marine Commando and then rowing.

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In March 2014, I retired from Indoor Rowing after just 3 years suffering with severe lower back issues and hip pain. I competed at 3 World Championships where I finished as high as 5th in 2013 [Men’s heavyweight 30-39] and with a 2km PB of 6.07.6. I also gained success at National level winning 2 National Championships and taking a British Championship Silver medal. I also held 3 consecutive Royal Navy titles. [All blogs are archived at this site].

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I attempted a comeback just 6 months later, but it was short lived and lasted just a few months, breaking down once again with constant back spasms despite the support from specialists around the world.

In late 2015 once again I attempted a third and final come back. It was short lived as I seemed to just damage myself further.

Not being able to keep away, I then embarked on a journey where I was appointed as the Royal Navy Indoor Rowing Team Head Performance Coach. Creating the RN Performance Programme, I coached a select few athletes who committed their time and lives, amongst their demanding work schedules, to compete at the highest level.  We went on to win 2 World Championship medals and 7 National medals over 2 seasons.

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During my time coaching I was admitted into rehabilitation with an array of health issues that stemmed from over a decade in the military.  On taking a medical discharge I was fortunate enough to be asked by First Team Manager Derek Adams to join Plymouth Argyle Football Club as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Since October 2017 I have been working in what is my new found career in professional sport.  On arrival in the 17/18 season we went from the bottom of the English Football League 1 in December, to finish just 3 points off a Play Off position to move into the 2nd tier of English Football.
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You can find me on Instagram or Twitter as argyle_strengthandconditioning

 

 

This is (was) my journey …………

 

 

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