Shane Cahill – Director of Education
Shane Cahill is the director of education and operations at APEC. An ex-professional athlete, Shane spent the majority of his professional rugby playing career in the UK playing in the RFU Aviva Premiership and Championship.
He has worked at the elite level of professional sports in the UK with teams such as Rotherham Titans in the RFU Championship where he served as head of strength and conditioning for two seasons before making his way back to Ireland to take up the role as of the head of strength and conditioning with Blackrock College RFC.
He is currently studying his MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the Institute of Technology Carlow. Shane has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience as both a professional athlete and as a strength & conditioning coach. His role as Director of Education and Operations at Athletic Performance Education Company is primarily focused on the development and growth of all education programs run through the institute.
Sami Dowling – Irish Hockey S&C Coach and Ex-Leinster Rugby S&C Coach
Sami Dowling is the Director of Athletic Performance & Sports Science at Athletic Performance Education Company. Sami brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the APEC education team. Working at the elite level of both rugby union and GAA, Sami has become a household name within the areas of speed development and the sport of Weightlifting.
Sami was a Strength & Conditioning coach with Leinster Rugby Academy for 10 years, one of Europe’s top professional rugby Academy’s.
Sami worked at the highest level in GAA, serving as Head Strength & Conditioning coach with the Dublin Senior Football team, winning an All-Ireland in 2011.
Sami served as Performance Director for Weightlifting Ireland, having coached at the World Junior, European Junior, and European Senior.
Sami is currently the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at Hockey Ireland for the u16-u18 girls’ and boys’ national teams.
Sami has recently completed his MSC in Strength & Condition at the Institute of Technology Carlow. His role as Director of Athletic Performance & Sports Science at Athletic Performance Education Company is primarily focused on the development and growth of all strength & conditioning programs and service contracts run through the company.
Shane O’Rourke – Irish Education Manager
Shane is the Irish education manager at APEC. Shane has helped develop and implement the personal training academy and is also the performance nutritionist for the company.
Shane oversees the personal training academy in Ireland and also offers performance nutrition advice to the various teams APEC work with.
Shane completed his MSc in Exercise & Nutrition Science from the University of Chester in the UK and is also a competitive fitness model with the WBFF.
Shane has worked in nutrition and fitness in both Ireland and Australia with elite level athletes to help them optimise their performance.
Craig Dowling – Sports Scientist
Craig oversees the Sports Scientist data analysis program that APEC currently deliver with the various team and athletes they work with, with a specific focus on GPS analysis.
Craig has completed his Sports Science degree at DCU and holds first-class honors. Craig has extensive practical experience having spent a year working with the Sport Ireland Institute where he was involved with a number of Olympic and international sports such as boxing, hockey, cycling, diving, and athletics to name a few. He has also worked with the underage national Irish hockey team, the Airtricity League of Ireland, inter-county GAA and All Ireland League Rugby.
Craig currently works with the Irish Cycling High-Performance team in their lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Sebastian Kanitz – German Regional Education Director
Sebastian is the German Regional Education Director at APEC. He oversees the delivery of the educational workshops and NASC courses in all Germany speaking countries in Europe. Sebastian studies Sports Scientist at the University of Leipzig.
He has built the name of a well-renowned performance coach in Germany over the last 10 years. He was one of the Founder of the successful Peakformance Performance where APEC currently run there NASC courses from. He has also been very successful in the creation of outdoor function training systems which is currently being used worldwide.
He has vast tutor experience with DFLV / LSB delivering to performance coaches in Germany. Sebastian has also worked for RB Leipzig as a strength and conditioning coach where he looked after the physical preparation and Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) of the under 17s right through to the under 19s teams.
Adam Swan – Head of Strength and Conditioning
Adam Swan is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at APEC. As an international weightlifter, Adam has spent the majority of his sporting career developing the strength, power and technical components of the sport of Weightlifting. He has represented Ireland in weightlifting at European Junior, U23 and Senior level as well as in two Celtic Nations Championships.
A passion for sport led Adam to complete a degree in Sports Management and Coaching from Dublin Technology University. Working as a Strength and Conditioning coach throughout his degree then led him to complete an MSc in Strength and Conditioning from the Institute of Technology Carlow.
His role as Head of Strength and Conditioning at Athletic Performance Education Company is primarily focused on the development of strength and conditioning programs with the various teams and athletes APEC work with. Adam also works with Hockey Ireland U16 Girls national side and Prodigy Barbell Weightlifting Club where he oversees the development of Strength and Conditioning content and coaching of athletes.