Corkman takes dream academy role with Sydney Swans

Highly-rated strength and conditioning coach Ross Corbett, who worked with Limerick’s 2015 All-Ireland U21 winning hurlers, has accepted a dream job with AFL outfit Sydney Swans.

And Cork native Corbett, 27, has revealed how Kilkenny hurling star Michael Fennelly played a key role in his move Down Under.

Fennelly completed an internship with the Swans from December 2013-February 2014 and alerted the club to Corbett’s availability when his impressive CV was uploaded on Coach Finder, a new business spearheaded by Fennelly and former Galway hurling boss Anthony Cunningham.

Irish man Stephen Kelly is head of the Swans’ underage academy and after Fennelly played conduit, Corbett was approached and accepted the role.

Corbett plans to arrive in Sydney in early December and will begin work in the academy after enjoying another impressive year at home.

Corbett, a native of Mitchelstown, worked with Limerick senior hurling champions Patrickswell this year and was allowed the flexibility to continue in that role until the club’s campaign came to an end last Sunday with defeat to Cork’s Glen Rovers in the Munster club semi-final.

In 2015, Corbett worked with University of Limerick’s Fitzgibbon Cup-winning team managed by Clare legend Brian Lohan, and was a key member of Limerick U21 manager John Kiely’s backroom staff.

Corbett began on his career path in 2008, when he commenced an undergraduate degree course at IT Tralee.

He graduated in 2012 and after taking some time out to get hands-on experience, he gained a Masters degree from Setanta College.

Most recently, Corbett completed a specialist course via Colarado’s National Strength and Conditioning Association.

But Corbett admits that he’s had some luck along the way, and has been fortunate to find himself in the right place at the right time.

“Even as a young fella or when I left IT Tralee, if anybody asked me what my goal was, it was getting into professional sport.

“Once I got the results of the masters, I was talking to Michael (Fennelly), one of my lecturers, and he was starting Coach Finder.

“He knows Stephen and gave him a heads up that this guy was after uploading his CV and profile onto Coach Finder. Stephen had a look and it went from there. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”


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