2019 Event Speakers

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The-Food-Medic

UK based Doctor, Best-selling author and Health influencer

The Food Medic,
aka Dr. Hazel Wallace

Dr. Hazel Wallace is the founder of “The Food Medic”. Originally hailing from County Louth, Hazel has been living and working in England for many years. She is a qualified medical doctor, best-selling author, and leading health influencer.

Her debut book ‘The Food Medic”, made both the UK and Irish Bestseller lists (at number 3 and number 1 respectively) upon its release in 2017. Her second book “The Food Medic for Life” was released in April 2018, and also made the bestseller charts. 

Hazel is the resident online doctor for Women’s Health magazine, and a columnist for Psychologies magazine. Hazel recently made her TV presenting debut on BBC One London’s “Inside Out” feature, where she took a family under her guidance for four weeks to help their general health and fitness. Hazel regularly takes part in cookery demos and talks at food and wellbeing exhibitions, such as BBC GoodFood, BE:FIT, and WellFest.

Hazel also hosts her own successful podcast “The Food Medic”, interviewing leading experts in their field, and sharing actionable advice on how we can live healthier lives.

Hazel studied Medical Sciences at the University of South Wales between 2009 – 2012, graduating with a first class honours degree. Following her undergraduate degree, Hazel pursued a four-year graduate degree in Medicine at Cardiff University. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Public Health nutrition at University College London. 


For more on The Food Medic, see https://thefoodmedic.co.uk/

 

David-Gillick

Irish Olympian, Celebrity MasterChef winner and Best-selling author

David Gillick

After retiring from a hugely successful athletics career, which included winning Ireland’s first sprint gold medal in 76 years, along with running inside 45 seconds for 400 metres and making a global sprint final, David has found some hidden talents and interests. 

David won the inaugural Irish Celebrity MasterChef on RTE in 2013 captivating the judges with some amazing culinary skills, and has gone on to follow his passions of fitness, food and promoting a healthy lifestyle. He has written two bestselling books, “David Gillick’s Kitchen” and just recently “Back on Track”. “Back on Track” includes David’s four-part plan to a healthy lifestyle, in which David openly and honestly talks about his struggles with mental health and the strategies he used in recovery. David is an active food writer & author, regular media contributor, speaker and health advocate.

For more about David, see www.davidgillick.com/

Alison-Canavan

Health and Wellness
Coach

Alison Canavan

Alison Canavan is a UCLA-trained Mindfulness Facilitator from The Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, and a Master NLP Practitioner.  She runs a successful private practice as a Health and Wellness coach and delivers motivational talks on health and wellbeing all over the world, specialising in mental health and addiction. Alison was a successful international model for nearly two decades and in recent years has devoted her time to her greatest passion: the achievement of true health and wellbeing for herself and others.  At the core of her work with individuals, schools, charities and corporates is her belief in the power of human potential.

Alison has a weekly wellbeing column in The Sunday Independent, and is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, radio, online and various podcasts worldwide. 

For more about Alison, and her free resources, visit https://alisoncanavan.com/

The-Food-Medic

UK based Doctor, Best-selling author and Health influencer

The Food Medic,
aka Dr. Hazel Wallace

Dr. Hazel Wallace is the founder of “The Food Medic”. Originally hailing from County Louth, Hazel has been living and working in England for many years. She is a qualified medical doctor, best-selling author, and leading health influencer.

Her debut book ‘The Food Medic”, made both the UK and Irish Bestseller lists (at number 3 and number 1 respectively) upon its release in 2017. Her second book “The Food Medic for Life” was released in April 2018, and also made the bestseller charts. 

Hazel is the resident online doctor for Women’s Health magazine, and a columnist for Psychologies magazine. Hazel recently made her TV presenting debut on BBC One London’s “Inside Out” feature, where she took a family under her guidance for four weeks to help their general health and fitness. Hazel regularly takes part in cookery demos and talks at food and wellbeing exhibitions, such as BBC GoodFood, BE:FIT, and WellFest.

Hazel also hosts her own successful podcast “The Food Medic”, interviewing leading experts in their field, and sharing actionable advice on how we can live healthier lives.

Hazel studied Medical Sciences at the University of South Wales between 2009 – 2012, graduating with a first class honours degree. Following her undergraduate degree, Hazel pursued a four-year graduate degree in Medicine at Cardiff University. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Public Health nutrition at University College London. 


For more on The Food Medic, see https://thefoodmedic.co.uk/

 

Gerry-Hussey

Performance
Psychologist

Gerry Hussey

Gerry has been at the forefront of building high performance teams and individuals in Olympic and Professional, sporting and corporate organisations. His vast experience has seen him prepare and lead teams for success at Olympic Games, Heineken Cups, World Cups, and World and European championships in Professional Rugby, Olympic sailing, Athletics, Olympic Boxing, Track Cycling and GAA.

His passion to deliver real and authentic experiences that truly embrace and ignite change has seen Gerry develop a series of Leadership, Team and Individual Performance and Health programmes that he delivers in bespoke environments across the world. Gerry also hosted the first ‘Soulspace Experience’ at Claregalway Castle, Co. Galway in September 2018. On these extraordinary experiences he facilitates and coaches his clients to strip away learned behaviours and thinking, and reconnect with the best version of themselves.

Gerry brings an unrivalled wealth of honesty, experience and infectious passion into his dynamic systems and presentations. He can awaken, unlock and connect people and teams in a truly powerful manner.

Gerry was a huge hit with our audience at Balance Expo 2018, and we are delighted to welcome him back to Killarney for another hugely anticipated talk at Balance Expo 2019.

For more about Gerry, see https://www.theawakening.ie/about/gerry-hussey/

Alison-Canavan

Health and Wellness
Coach

Alison Canavan

Alison Canavan is a UCLA-trained Mindfulness Facilitator from The Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, and a Master NLP Practitioner.  She runs a successful private practice as a Health and Wellness coach and delivers motivational talks on health and wellbeing all over the world, specialising in mental health and addiction. Alison was a successful international model for nearly two decades and in recent years has devoted her time to her greatest passion: the achievement of true health and wellbeing for herself and others.  At the core of her work with individuals, schools, charities and corporates is her belief in the power of human potential.

Alison has a weekly wellbeing column in The Sunday Independent, and is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, radio, online and various podcasts worldwide. 

For more about Alison, and her free resources, visit https://alisoncanavan.com/

2018 Event Speakers

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WATERFORD HURLING
MANAGER

Derek McGrath

Derek McGrath is the Manager of the Waterford Senior Hurling team. Derek is one of the most articulate and interesting managers in the game today. He has brought Waterford Hurling to a new level in recent years, and as a result has become one of the most sought after managers in the country.
Derek is known for having a holistic approach towards his players to facilitate their overall development. He has gone to great lengths to ensure the players are sufficiently catered for and that Waterford Hurling will remain at the top table for years to come.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
INFLUENCER

Siobhan O' Hagan

Siobhan is a personal trainer and online coach. She originally studied Maths in college but her passion for training and healthy living encouraged her to take a risk and change careers. A risk that has proved worthwhile.
Siobhan struggled with her weight growing up and tried every fad diet and exercise plan. For this reason she finds she can relate well to other peoples’ frustrations and struggles with fat loss and muscle building. Siobhan took her education and dedication and transformed her own body. Now she is helping others feel good about themselves, both physically and mentally through exercising and eating well.

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World Champion Athlete and Founder of The Fit Foodie

Derval O'Rourke

Derval has held the title of world champion in sprint hurdles and competed for Ireland in three Olympic games. She also picked up four European Championship medals and holds the Irish National record for sprint hurdles.

Derval believes that in life – like sport – preparation counts for a lot. As both a foodie and a fitness fanatic, she is passionate about experimenting with healthy, nutritious recipes which she shares with her many fans through her blog, and in her books.

FOOD BLOGGER &
MEDIA PERSONALITY

Rozanna Purcell

Roz has successfully launched a stellar media career which includes a winning role on Come Dine with Me Ireland, a guest chef appearance on TV3’s the Restaurant, and a stint as a Celebrity Bainisteor on RTE.
But it’s her passion for healthy food and lifestyle that has earned her thousands of followers on social media in recent years. Her Natural Born Feeder food blog shows how to create healthy but accessible dishes, and has a legion of dedicated fans, which led to the launch of Roz’ best-selling cookbook this year.
Roz’ dedication to building innovative social media platforms has also seen her rise to prominence as one of the leading social media stars in Ireland.

PERFORMANCE
PSYCHOLOGIST

Gerry Hussey

Gerry has been to the forefront of Olympic and International sport since 2003. In his role as Performance Consultant, he has coached athletes for Olympic Games, Heineken Cups and World Championships. His work with the Irish Boxing team in Beijing and London Olympic games has been well documented and acclaimed.

Kerry Footballer & superleague Basketballer

Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy has won four All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, eight Munster Championships and a National League title with Kerry, and is the recipient of two All Stars Awards.

In 2016, he joined Tralee Warriors for their first season in the Super League and in 2017 Tralee Warriors were crowned Champions Trophy winners.

Donaghy’s commitment to two heavily competitive sports should make for a very interesting listen. Showing us how he prepares physically and mentally for each game.

BROADCASTER &
TV PRESENTER

Mary Kennedy

One of RTE’s most popular broadcasters Mary Kennedy currently co presents the new features programme, Nationwide.

Mary will be there to speak about health, fitness and life balance for the over 50’s.

YOUTUBE STAR &
FITNESS GURU

Rob Lipsett

Youtube sensation Rob Lipsett will be no stranger to anyone on social media. The youtuber has become an online sensation with all of his videos getting millions of views. He is an ambassador for numerous gym wear products and supplements.

He will be telling us his story and providing us with some useful tips. Delighted to have him as part of the day!

ENDURANCE ATHLETE &
ENTREPRENEUR

Shane Finn

Shane Finn is an Endurance Athlete turned Entrepreneur based in Dingle, Co.Kerry! Shane is the co-owner of WK Fitness Training.

This summer Shane ran 24 Marathons in 24 Days around Ireland. In the process, Shane & his team raised over 140,000 euro for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Ireland. In May of 2019 Shane is attempting to ultra #marathon and ultra #cycle across America in 36 days! As well as endurance sports, Shane is very passionate about helping people every day!

FITNESS CONSULTANT

Joe O'Connor

Joe O’ Connor is the founder of both coachpact.com and Nisus Fitness Training Club. Since 1998, he has worked in the fitness industry and in 2006 began lecturing in Exercise Physiology in the Institute of Technology Tralee.

As a fitness consultant, he has worked on improving performance with many organisations, teams and athletes including those competing at European, World and Olympic Games.

Joe has been the Performance Consultant and Referee for all 5 seasons of Ireland’s Fittest Family and is currently the head of fitness and nutrition for the Limerick Senior Hurlers and head of athletic development for the Kerry Senior Footballers.

COMMENTATOR

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the legendary commentator for national radio and television in Irish sport will be joining us in the INEC, Killarney on Sunday 14th of January 2018. 

In a career that has spanned six decades, he has come to be regarded as “the voice of Gaelic games”. His distinctive voice is instantly recognisable and he is responsible for some of the greatest quotes in Irish sporting history.

Mícheál is truly one of the most popular figures in Irish sport. Away from sport, Mícheál has maintained an active lifestyle and is an advocate for regular physical activity. Inspirational, interesting and informative. This is someone everybody will want to hear.

CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

Ms. Eimear Conroy

Ms. Eimear Conroy is a consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hand and wrist surgery and hip and knee arthroplasty(hip and knee replacements). 

Ms. Conroy is a strong advocate of evidence based practise including appropriate, effective pain management and exercise based rehabilitation at an early stage for her patients. She uses computerised navigation systems in knee replacement surgeries to aid restoration of alignment and optimise recovery and encourages her patients to engage in an accelerated rehabilitation and discharge programme after all surgeries.

SPECIALIST PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Dr. Derek Griffin

Dr Griffin is a Specialist Physiotherapist with expertise in the management of patients with complex persistent pain disorders. He holds a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy and in 2013 was awarded a PhD in the area of low back pain. 

Derek’s academic and clinical interests are primarily in the area of persistent pain and he has worked with a number of leading clinicians in the field. In addition to this he has clinical expertise in the areas of sports injury, tendinopathy and running-related injuries.

Dr Griffin is a strong advocate of evidence-based practice and has been involved in campaigns to help disseminate scientific knowledge within the public domain. Dr. Griffin has presented at a number of conferences both nationally and internationally.

INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER

Eimear Cregan

PHARMACIST, INTEGRATED WELLNESS COACH & YOGA COACH

Miriam Kerins

Miriam is a qualified pharmacist with huge passion for holistic health and Wellbeing. Miriam is the Co – Founder of The Awakening, an Integrated Wellness and performance Business, where she is involved in the design and delivery of many executive, corporate and personal wellness retreats, seminars and programmes. She runs Yoga retreats for Mind, Body and Soul, and is an international key note speaker on health and wellness, emotional eating and more. 

Her collective qualifications and expertise in both pharmaceutical and complimentary health therapies give her a unique and integrated approach to human health and wellness. Miriam will be conducting the Yoga classes at the event as well as giving a talk on Integrated Wellness.

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