Originally from a small farming district on the Manakau Peninsula, South West of Auckland,
Attended Auckland Grammar as a boarding student from 1997-2001
He has been competing in Olympic Weightlifting for 10 years, and currently trains full time at the Millennium Institute of Sport in Mairangi Bay.
He is the current holder of all New Zealand records in the 77kg division, and 2 records in the 85kg division and the current Oceania (2008) & Commonwealth (2007) champion in the 85kg division
He has completed studies in sport management and coaching, and has a general interest in strength and conditioning coaching for elite athletes.
In his spare time he enjoys long board surfing.