As head coach Jamie Blanchfield will be your first point of contact within Premier Endurance, find out a little more about Jamie below.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a keen interest in sport and performance, from club right up to professional. I am a firm believer that hard work, dedication and effective individualized training can help people from every walk of life achieve their goals.
I’m currently undertaking an MSc (By Research) within the area of remote coaching, coach-athlete relationship and coach burnout. I have graduated with a first-class honours in BSc Sports Coaching and Performance. Through my studies I have gained vast amounts of academic and practical experience within Talent Development, Sports & Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Coaching Practices and Sports Psychology. I am also a qualified Cycling Ireland coach working in a consultancy role with the organisation.
My primary role is an endurance coach for road cycling, time trial and track while providing support in multiple endurance sports from Triathlon to Athletics. My whole philosophy of coaching revolves around the development of self-sufficient athletes by aiding and educating them in every way possible along their journey. I have worked with a wide variety of athletes from beginner right up to professional level and hope to have played a small part in their success along that journey.
You can read what athletes I work with have to say here.
With experience from both a practical and academic standpoint Thomas is a massive asset to the team here at Premier Endurance having both represented his country on the world stage and coached athletes themselves to excel on the world stage! Find out a little more about Thomas below.
My coaching career started in 2016 on the back of returning from the world of elite cycling to university to complete my degree in sports science with exercise physiology. Previously I raced internationally as a junior and U23 on the track and road. I was also member of the Irish senior elite track team for 2 years before returning to university.
From an academic standpoint, I have a first class honours degree in Sports Science with exercise physiology where I was awarded student of the year and later inducted into the honours list for academic excellence. I went on to study a MSc in Physiotherapy where I graduated with distinction. I have particular research interests in performance biomechanics, strength and condition and injury prevention for athletes and the general population. I am a member of the Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. From a clinical standpoint I work within the private and public sector with a diverse range of populations.
I have been the Cycling Ireland National track coach for the junior programme for the past four years and I have enjoyed considerable medal winning success at European and World level. I currently work with athletes from wide range of abilities from amateur right through to elite level and Olympic level. From a coaching perspective I am keen to have a feedback, feedforward relationship with all athletes to ensure that individual goals and performance markers are achieved. My main aim is to bring an individualized approach underpinned by the latest science to each athlete which facilitates and directs them to optimal performance throughout the racing season.
Evan expands our team within the domain of a broader service provider for endurance performance. We all know how crucial a role nutrition plays within our sporting endeavors. Through close relationships with our coaches and expertise in his field Evan will be your first point of contact for all things nutrition.
My love for sport started through athletics, namely race walking where I represented my country on several occasions. Throughout my sporting career I came to realize how crucial a role nutrition played in our performance as athletes.
Through my undergraduate in food science and health and through my post graduate diploma within dietetics I have gained vast experience within both the practical and academic domain. Currently I am undertaking my masters in Sports Nutrition.
Put simply, I am a performance nutritionist who combines evidence based practice, a background as an international track & field athlete and a common sense approach to bring sustainable, long lasting results and changes to people. (Catch Evan’s blogs here!)
Dave represents an exciting addition to our team of consultant support specialists here at Premier Endurance. We are all aware of the role strength and conditioning plays in both our health and performance. Dave’s expertise in this domain will further bolster our ranks and aim to provide leading evidence based and experience backed support to athletes.
Through my vast array of sports experience, from intercounty Gaelic football to competitive Brazilian Jiujitsu, I have forged a passion for optimising development and overcoming challenges through physical training. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Coaching & Performance before, more recently, obtaining a Master of Science degree in Strength & Conditioning. While studying towards these, I have provided S&C support to a range of athletes from general fitness enthusiast to professional in a wide array of sports such as GAA, cycling, athletics, martial arts and horse racing.
I have utilized training as a vehicle for not only physical, but personal development and my mission is to use this knowledge to better the performance, health and lives of others. My main areas of expertise are in strength & power training for performance and injury risk reduction.
Alternatively you can set up a consultation with your Premier Endurance coach and myself to discuss your individual needs via this link.