Saturday, 31 January 2009


Shane Canning was born in Moville and has just returned there after graduating from Liverpool University with a BSc combined honours degree in Sport and Health Studies. He is a keen football player and is a football coach. He has also completed a qualification in Personal Training. This is the area where Shane is concentrating his energy and he has just set up his new business SC Health and Fitness, based in Moville. His company is unique for Inishowen as Shane comes to his customers’ home to set up individual exercise plans for his client and helps them keep on track throughout the process. The idea is great, especially for people who wouldn’t be comfortable in a gym, or if there are travelling or mobility problems or simply for people who are short on time. Shane is also running an 8-week circuit-training course from his base in the Moville Celtic Clubhouse. If you would like any more information about the services Shane is providing, you can ring him on 086 3481087 or 074 9382171

What music are you listening to at the moment?
I pretty much like all genres. I absolutely love the Kings Of Leon at the moment though. My brother put them on to me a few years ago and they just keep getting better.

What book are you reading?
I am not a big fan of reading; I don’t really have the time for it. I will breeze through the TV guide though.

What was your favourite childhood game?
I have been really obsessed with football since I have been able to kick one. So I would have to say that if it looked like a football I would be playing with it….

Have you been to the cinema recently, what did you see and was it any good?
I went to see Yes Man, an enjoyable, but formulaic romantic comedy about a man who says yes to everything for a whole year. I am not a big fan of Jim Carey but I though it was very funny.

What section of the newspaper do you turn to first?
The back pages to see what the report is of our match (Moville Celtic) at the weekend.

What would you never throw away?
Photographs. They are brilliant to look back on years after they have been taken.

Most embarrassing moment of your life?
On my first day at university, there were 500 people standing and waiting to get their student card photographs. When it was my turn, I went to sit down, missed the seat and fell into a heap on the floor….. Good start….

Favourite TV programme?
All cooking programmes. I particularly enjoy Heston Blumenthol, the chef/scientist. He experiments with slow food cooking and aerating chocolate soufflés in a vacuum to make the bubbles bigger. He will also travel the world to get certain ingredients for a meal and buy and feed a live chicken for a few weeks before he eats it.

What job did you want to do when you were a child?
This is very predictable for me…I wanted to play for Manchester United. I wanted to be a defender

Where was your best holiday and what made it special?
I went to America for the summer after I finished secondary school. I found it amazing to see how differently the Americans lived and it gave me a chance to see more of the world.

What famous people would you invite around for dinner and why?
Three chefs: Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumentol so they could all cook….

What do you do for a special treat?
My girlfriend and I really enjoy going away for the weekend.

Favourite animal?
Invisible ones. I am not a big fan of animals.

Biggest thrill?
Going fast (responsibly of course) and I have always fancied bungee jumping or sky diving… I will have to put that on my list of things to do.

Biggest Challenge?
Setting up my personal training business. I have had some great support though from family and the Inishowen Partnership.

What was the best present you ever got?
Money is always a good one.

What was the last thing you bought just for yourself?
A simple pair of trainers, nothing special.

What charity would you support?
I donate to the Foyle Hospice when I can. It’s such a worthy cause.

The world’s most irritating/most useful invention?
The mobile phone can pass for both. It’s good for keeping in touch with clients, but can ring at some very inconvenient moments.

Favourite past-time?
Playing football, especially for my team. I have played for a long time. I started off in the Inishowen Ulster Schoolboys and went to the senior team at 15.

Which period in history would you most like to have lived through?
I like the glitz and glamour of the 1970’s

What do you have for breakfast?
I tend to keep things simple. This morning I had Weetabix, orange juice and an Actimel.

What was your first paid job?
I worked for the Centra shop in Moville when I was younger, that’s where I got my first real pay packet… I can’t remember how much it was now…

Worst household chore?
That would be an outside job… weeding. I don’t like that at all.

Personal philosophy?
Be yourself.

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