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John was born in England the second boy to Tony and Val Quinn 21 months after his brother Paul was born. He spent the first 5 years of his life in England before his parents sought greener and warmer pastures and moved the family over to New Zealand in 1976.

The family moved to Christchurch New Zealand and they moved into the beach side suburb of Sumner. John and his brother attended the local primary school, Star of the Sea until the intermediate years where he then moved to Redcliffs school for the last two years of primary school.

For his secondary years John then attended St Bedes College for the first two years before then attending Linwood High school for this last few years of secondary school. While at High school John enjoyed playing sport and represented the school and Canterbury in cricket, rugby league, football and water polo. He was selected Deputy Head boy in his last year of school.

In 1989 after leaving school he traveled overseas to England for 3 years to play cricket for Cockfosters, a North London team who organised a job for him with Tottenham Hotspurs (John's favourite team) and worked at several jobs there to support his travel. One of the highlights being attending the 1991 FA Cup final where Tottenham Hotspur defeated Nottingham Forest in the final. He then spent a few months traveling around Europe before returning home to NZ in 1992.

He started working at the Ferrymead Tavern part time as he also enrolled at Canterbury University in 1993 to complete a BA in Sociology. He completed his BA in 1995 and then enrolled in a 2-year postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. Upon graduation he worked for several organisations including Corrections, Child, Youth and Family and Yellow Ribbon before starting work at St Andrews College in 2002 as the College Counsellor where he still currently works.

In 2002 he retuned to University part time to complete his Masters in Education, Certificate in Counselling. In his last year of study he moved into the area of sport psychology and started working with athletes and teams. He currently works with Canterbury rugby, netball and cricket. He also does contract work for the family court as a marriage counsellor. He has his own business .

In 1998 Johns life changed when asked his soul mate Leeann Mulloy to marry him which they did the following year in 1999. They were married on the 26th of June 1999 in Christchurch. They now have two beautiful children, Courtney (2000) and Caitlin (2002)