Craig Henderson is married with three children and lives near Sprucefield in Lisburn. Born in 1966 Craig was schooled at Methodist College Belfast, where he showed an aptitude for sport from an early age. Craig played rugby, swam and shot clay pigeons competitively. He obtained a 2.1 honours Optometry degree from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1988 and following periods of work in Newport in South Wales, Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast and Douglas in the Isle of Man. Craig travelled extensively in Asia and the Pacific and worked in Optometric practice in Brisbane, Australia.

Upon returning to Northern Ireland in 1994 he opened 2 optical practices in Co. Down, firstly in Ballynahinch and then Saintfield. He played rugby for Collegians and then Belfast Harlequins and has recently retired from playing but is involved in the Junior coaching set up at the Deramore Park club. Craig coached youth rugby at Belfast Harlequins RFC for several years and also coached the senior sides at the club. Craig now spends his spare time watching his children play hockey and enjoys target and rough shooting.

The combination of Optometry and sport is a natural one and since hanging up the rugby boots he has developed some unique visual training programs of his own. The development of the Diploma in Sport Vision Practice was an obvious course and Craig was among the first to obtain the new qualification in April 2006.

He has worked in the past with the Ulster Rugby team and with GAA athletes at the Sport Institute, University of Ulster. His training plans involve both pitch based programs and gym based visual training patterns.

In his free time he enjoys good food, wine, foreign travel and natural history.

Branching out

The decision for Craig Henderson Opticians Limited to expand into the field of Sport Vision was not only based on sound business ideas but was also based on Craig's insight into the sporting fraternity, gained as an ex-rugby player and now as a coaching assistant.

At Sport Vision Ireland we believe that the sporting fraternity can benefit from visual training techniques that can enhance sporting performance. Under the direction of Craig and his enthusiasm for optometry and sport, Sport Vision Ireland is the company best suited to providing vision training to the sporting world.


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