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 – Director of Athletic Performance & Sports Science

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.

John Downey – Research & Development Lead

John Downey is the education and quality lead for APEC. John is a lecturer and has an academic interest in evidence implementation, behavioural science, and the role of the fitness industry in health promotion. John started out in the fitness industry and moved into sports nutrition upon completing a BSc in nutrition with sport science and finishing a brief rugby career in the RFU Championship.

John’s interest in utilising lifestyle to prevent and manage disease saw him undertake a MSc in preventive cardiology in Imperial College London. Prior to John’s academic role he worked in the NHS as a cardiac exercise specialist.

John’s current aspiration is to facilitate the translation of best practice into the fitness industry. John operates this mission through his postgraduate research examining evidence implementation within exercise professionals and through his teaching. John utilises his post-graduation certificate in academic practice and behavioural science to develop and optimise the learning process.

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.