Stephen Coughlan is a Bray boxer, now residing in Greystones. Stephen is a former Irish Squad member and an all Ireland finalist. Currently he coaches in the Four Kings boxing club in Greystones!
My Own Experience in Sport
As with almost all Irish people I have always been interested in sport and as a chef nutrition was always high on my agenda. I played rugby until I got on to the under 18s and realised I really didn’t like being in pain all the time. Then at the age of 21, I took up archery and went on to compete for Ireland at 3 world championships through my 20s. I never had a proper coach and looking back I know I neglected my nutrition, which was the one aspect I should have known all about. I knew I needed high quantities of protein and carbs for muscle and energy, but it was always guesswork and never properly worked out.
The Four Kings
When a friend of mine Stephen Coughlan set up his own boxing club, I was delighted to help him out with some sponsorship and also ended up doing the occasional training session down with his club the “Four Kings” based in Greystones.
Stephen took up boxing in the Bray boxing club at the age of 11 and trained alongside many famous teammates through the years. Stephen showed a great aptitude for the sport but never excelled at it until the age of 23 when he was finally diagnosed as a coeliac, suddenly with the correct food plan for his body, he had more energy, more strength and more stamina.
Stephen got called up to the Irish squad on a number of occasions, but through unfortunate events such as the ashcloud, combined with a number of injuries, Stephen never managed to fight internationally for Ireland. It must be so hard looking at boxers you have beaten in the past, as they fight at the olympics, while you sit at home with an injury.
Stephen was delighted when I brought out Rohan’s Sauce as not only was it a super low calorie yet nutritious sauce, but also contained no gluten. Stephen told me “I wish this was around when I was competing, it would have been a tasty and healthy addition to my diet and as its so quick to make, it would have fitted in well with my busy training plan.”
Nowdays Stephen is putting his energy and talent into training the next generation of Irish boxers! Hopefully I can give him some help on his way, his passion and energy for the sport is infectious and his ability and knowledge is unquestionable. I hope the people of Greystones know how lucky they are to have him there!