Newport born and bred, and still living in the Gwent region, I am currently representing my home region- the Newport Gwent Dragons for the 9th year. Whilst being a professional rugby player, after signing as pro at 19, I have always tried to remain proactive with off field matters such as going to University in Cardiff (UWIC) to study Sport and Exercise Science to Nash collage to study Accounting Level II.
During the past few years, I have remained in contact with the community and the pathway which I myself came through - the Gwent Rugby Pathway from district level to the Academy. In the process of keeping my 'brain active' in the classroom, coaching has always been close to my heart and developing individuals from a variety of ages, and across the ability spectrum ranging from U14's Districts to NHSOB senior team in division 1 south east.
Entering a new Chapter in my life, have been fortunate enough to have been approached to work with the South Wales Argus as a sports columnist. A weekly update of the current affairs at the Dragons and my personal life which is a challenge and learning curve which I look forward to and just as importantly a challenge and a chance to develop my journalistic skills.
This can coincide and enhance the educational project to go into schools in South Wales and offer a service to help students to prepare for life after secondary education-
LIFE EDUCATION WALES.