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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.

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.

David Downey
UK Education Manager

Dave is the UK education manager and head of sports rehabilitation at APEC. Dave oversees all the accounts that are running in the UK and assists with the online delivery for both Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning. Dave progressed from several year’s experience as a personal trainer to strength and conditioning with APEC and then went on to finish his MSc in Sports Rehabilitation in St. Marys Twickenham. Dave has worked with professional boxers, CrossFit athletes and has exposure with a number of field based sports. Dave continues to work within the industry alongside his work with APEC where he leads the rehabilitation gym at a Chiropractors in his home town. This allows him to continually grow as a practitioner and in turn deliver up to date evidence and experience to our learners at APEC.

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.

Cara McConnell
Education S&C Lead

Cara is the education lead for the S&C programme and delivery at APEC. Cara completed her BSc in Sport and Exercise Management with University College Dublin and during the programme she decided to go down the route of being a strength and conditioning coach. During her time in UCD, she began interning with ourselves and after her degree went on to complete her Diploma in Strength and Conditioning here at APEC. Cara’s main interests lie with Long Term Youth Athletic Development and the Female Athlete. In addition to working with APEC, Cara is the strength and conditioning coach St. Gerard’s Catholic School, mainly working with female hockey players. Cara has a background in programming and coaching for a variety of sports and has worked with both Leinster and Ireland U16 and U18 hockey squads as well as with Cuala Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie Senior Teams.