Former NUIM Barnhall player heads to Montreal

Former Barnhall rugby player, Tim Ricketts, who has been headhunted for a top post in the world sport anti-doping body
A Kildare resident who came to the Ireland to work and play rugby for Barnhall over a decade ago left for Canada on 10 July to take up a top job in the World Anti Doping Agency.

A Kildare resident who came to the Ireland to work and play rugby for Barnhall over a decade ago left for Canada on 10 July to take up a top job in the World Anti Doping Agency.

Tim Ricketts, who has lived with his wife, Niamh, and sons Tiger and Oscar, in Straffan since 2008, has left his Dublin based post as Anti Doping manager for the International Rugby Board.

He has been headed hunted by WADA to work as deputy Director of Standards and Harmonisation.

A native of rural New South Wales, Australia, where his parents, Ann and Graham live, he studied sports science at the University of Canberra, Australia, first working as an anti-doping tester for the Australian Anti Doping Agency, including at 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic games He came to Ireland in 2000 to work and play rugby for Barnhall as full back and winger.

In 2009,he married Niamh, daughter of Leixlip’s Janet and John Colgan.

With money pressures plentiful, the 41 year old sees health and fair play as key issues in sport, hence the need to havebetter practices to protect clean athacross the sports.

Based in Montreal and his job will involve some travel as the fifty staff WADA organisation has offices in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Cheating at sport is getting more difficult with increased technology, “Biological passpports are a massive step,” he believes.

- Henry Bauress