Being the best we can be
Mark is a squash enthusiast on a number of levels. His love for the game began at 35 years of age following his move to Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.
As a coach his style of development for players of all ages and abilities, children and adults, is inspired by a belief in life-long, self-directed learning, fun and social engagement. Guided by a World Squash Federation process of open skills development rooted in a PDA (Perception, Decision, Action) diagnostic cycle, he uses a wide range of complementary tools to ensure progress is made and enjoyment soars. Enabling deconstruction of the technical, functional and mental aspects of each player's game, his overall focus is one of identifying and embracing a relaxed, natural rhythm of movement on court in the context of an open-rallying learning environment.
Debbie, a California native and former college tennis player, took to the squash courts at age 32. She has since become a three-time national champion in the over 35 and 40 age groups. winning the silver medal in the World Masters in Portland, Oregon, and has played in Masters events in Melbourne, Australia, and both Sheffield and Birmingham, England. More recently, she represented Ireland this year in the Home Internationals.
Squash coach at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club for 21 years, Debbie is a Level 2 certified squash coach. Prior to her move to Ireland, she was Executive Director of the Santa Barbara School of Squash, a nonprofit after-school programme for low-income students. She is currently working on a tennis coaching certification and teaches squash and padel at Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Club as well as tennis with Tennis4Kids in Dublin.
Squash Coach & Mentor
Chris has cultivated a successful career in the field of jazz and improvised music, having toured extensively with his own bands and as a sideman in projects led by others. He has been actively involved in music teaching and youth music development both in his native South Africa and in Ireland.
Squash has become an integral part of Chris’s life. Devoted to using the sport as a means of youth development, he is also fully committed to developing his own game. In 3 short years Chris has graduated from playing in Division 5 of the Leinster Squash League to becoming a Division 1 player, deriving great enjoyment and satisfaction out of the process.
A devoted Squash Link volunteer, Chris is in the process of gaining World Squash Federation coaching credentials.
Squash Coach & Transplant Athlete
Deirdre is a Professional Club Coach, an enthusiastic squash player and an active member of the Irish squash community. A love of the game has led her to living her dream as a squash coach.
Over the last few years Deirdre has become a specialist in junior and ladies squash coaching, working within squash clubs (Old Belvedere, Mount Pleasant) and addressing the needs of local primary and secondary school students.
Deirdre is pro-active in supporting organ donation. Further to a lifesaving transplant operation she has gone on to represent Ireland in the World Transplant Games and is currently the World No. 1 transplanted squash player, a title she has held since 2007. Read about her astonishing 6th consecutive World Transplant Games squash title here. She is also a world record holder in swimming.
Her mission statement: to create a fun, enthusiastic, professional coaching environment where individuals can learn to play squash.
One of her key interests is development of the game, increasing participation and ensuring squash is promoted and accessible to all.
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Mark is a dual-qualified lawyer (Bar of England and Wales, Roll of Solicitors, Ireland) with experience in a range of research (children's rights), publishing, commercial, educational, mentoring and coaching environments: LinkedIn profile.
One of Mark’s overriding interests and motivations is to enhance the protection of human rights through improved mobilisation and consciousness and the development of stronger constituencies, with a specific focus on marginalised communities. This passion has culminated in his decision to establish the Irish Sports & Education Association (ISEA) which recognises and will seek to overcome socio-economic, generational and demographic obstacles to positive change in the lives of underserved children and young people. Read an interview with Mark here.
Shane is Coaching Secretary of Irish Squash and Founder of the Dublin-based International Academy of Computer Training (IACT).
Devoted to introducing and developing learning opportunities to individuals and organisations, through both technology and squash, Shane is passionate about the mission and vision of ISEA. Although a very keen squash player, he is reluctant to make his opponents run to the front corners of a squash court.
Deirdre spent thirty-two years working as a Career Guidance Counsellor/German Teacher/Home School Liaison Teacher in an underserved area of Dublin. For the last ten of those years she coordinated an Outdoor Pursuits Programme which introduced young people to sailing, kayaking, hillwalking, mountain navigation, orienteering and of course squash. Her love of the Natural World was the catalyst for her development of this programme, which she believes opened teenagers’ eyes to worlds unknown and undiscovered.
A squash player for over forty years and still playing, Deirdre knows how the discipline of sport can focus young people’s minds, giving them a way out of potentially damaging environments, teaching the value of belonging to a team and introducing them to people from many ‘different walks of life'. She supports Squash Link coaching staff on a regular basis and is an inspiration to those around her.
Deirdre is an avid writer inspired by the natural wonders of the world. A recent example of her traversing the west of Ireland, published in the Irish Times can be found here.
Derek is a highly regarded Chartered Physiotherapist based in Dublin and a former world number 7 (1999) PSA squash player, having become Irish No. 1 when only a teenager. Retiring from professional squash in 2005 after twelve years of competing all over the world, Derek still plays competitive squash which he loves, not least because it keeps him fit and healthy. Read an interview with Derek, the most capped Irish squash player in history, here.
Eoin Ryan is Resident Squash Coach for Sutton Lawn Tennis Club (one of the oldest tennis clubs in the world) – a leading squash club and home to the most successful junior squash coaching programme in Ireland. Still competing and winning titles, Eoin's precision on the squash court makes him a formidable opponent, even against Ireland's youngest and fittest!