Rory is the Head Coach at HENCH. Alongside a formal education in both Biomedical Sciences in addition to Sport and Exercise Sciences, he has worked for almost a decade in the fields Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Physiology, and is a certified Nutrition Coach.

In 2013 he won a silver medal at the WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships and between 2015-16, he became the only person in history to win the Best Overall Lifter Trophy at the All-Ireland, Northern Ireland and Irish Powerlifting Championships. In 2017, he made the switch to Mixed Martial Arts – retiring from Powerlifting as Ireland #1 at the time.

He was awarded the Ulster Bank Enterprise Award in 2015. In the same year, he was also announced as the Ambassador for male Mental Health by the charity Inspire Wellbeing in recognition of his contribution towards raising awareness of mental health issues.

With a diverse athletic background ranging from marathon running to strength sports and over 18 years of coaching and training experience, Rory is both a world-class Physical Preparation Coach and Athlete.



Ciaran is a Senior Coach and General Manager at HENCH. The longest-serving team member, Ciaran has been the linchpin of the team since joining in 2013 as the first graduate of the HENCH Coaching Internship Programme. He is a certified Nutrition Coach with over 13 years of training experience.

A competitive athlete since a youth, Ciaran played football at the highest level nationally before transitioning to strength and conditioning training in his early twenties, and went on to compete in Weightlifting competitions. Since joining HENCH, Ciaran has amassed thousands of hours of coaching experience – making him one of the most experienced Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the country. His specialist interests are injury prevention and the art and science of coaching practice.


Damian is a Senior Coach at HENCH and heads up the delivery of the HENCH Nutrition and Wellbeing Coaching System. A certified Nutrition Coach with over 8 years of training experience and a graduate of the HENCH Coaching Internship Programme, Damian personifies the HENCH ethos of an emphasis on performance, well-being and aesthetics, and pours his passion for each into his coaching practice.

His specialist interests are nutrition, callisthenics and postural restoration (with particular emphasis on the foot).



Gavin is a Junior Coach at HENCH. Upon joining as a member, his attitude towards training alongside an aptitude for coaching was recognised when he was successfully accepted on the HENCH Internship Programme. He has now progressed to full-time Junior Coach, and his development continues to progress at an astounding rate.

An avid Weightlifter, he hopes to compete in the near future and has a keen interest in eastern approaches to the sport of Weightlifting and strength programming.