Noel's first racket was a tennis racket in Malahide Tennis Club, he swapped that for an electric guitar where he made another kind of racket, until eventually he was convinced to hold a squash racket in his mid twenties.
Noel got the squash bug straight away, playing in Squash Ireland, Total Fitness & today he plays for Aer Lingus, where he captains the Division 6 team.
What Noel lacks in skill, he makes up for in his endless passion for the game. He qualified as a Club Coach in 2016, and is committed to improving all aspects of the sport.
Noel was appointed to Leinster Council in 2014.
Andrew grew up in the UK and first picked up a squash racket when he was 9 years old, when he and a friend went to a taster session in the local sportcentre. Jahangir Khan had just won his second of 10 British Open titles.
Swimming, badminton, music and squash lessons followed, and while all the former eventually fell by the wayside, it was squash that became his lifelong sport. Weekly training was with coach Phil Harrison while match practice was in a corporate league against adults three, four or more times his age. He soon found himself slowly moving up the leagues until he eventually started beating his Dad (and Jahangir beat Jansher 3/1 in the British Open final).
For the next few years he enjoyed playing at various levels in his home county of Essex and eventually went on to represent his university in the BUCS league (while Jansher Khan wins his third British Open).
After a number of years hiatus (, Peter Nicol winning his only British Open title) and a move to Ireland, Andrew picked up his racket again and joined Sandycove Squash Club where he is still an active member.
After completing his IS Level 1 coaching qualification (Gaultier, Palmer, Matthew) he was one of the coaches that helped launch the junior section in Mount Pleasant Squash Club (Ramy Ashour) and can be found at the weekends helping children from the age of 4 start on the same journey he took.
In 2016 (Mohamed El Shorbagy) he completed his Level 2 coaching qualification with the WSF in Brussels.
Andrew joined the Leinster Council in 2011 (no competition held) and is currently the Junior Administrator.
He finally accepts that the ambition of that 9 year old boy of winning the British Open probably won't happen.