Olympic Medallist Kelly Sotherton to Speak at 2016 Coaching Conference

27 September 2016

Former Olympic, World, European (indoor) and Commonwealth Games medallist Kelly Sotherton is set to speak at the Northern Ireland Coaching Conference. Kelly’s workshop will focus on the coach-athlete relationship with the four different coaches she worked with during her career and how those experiences have shaped her own coaching philosophy.

Director of Coaching and Athlete Development Tom Crick said, ‘I first saw Kelly speak about her experiences during the Commonwealth Coaches Club run by England Athletics at the 2014 Glasgow Games. It was one of the highlights of the week and two years on I’m excited to see how Kelly’s philosophy has developed as she gets further into her coaching journey. Multi-events offer the perfect development pathway for a young athlete whether they continue with Heptathlon/Decathlon as seniors or decide to specialise as was the case for Dafne Schippers in the 100/200m or Tia Hellebaut in the High Jump. Therefore, I’m sure Kelly’s workshop will offer something for everyone.’

Hosted by Athletics NI, the 2016 Conference will take place on Saturday 08th of October at University of Ulster Jordanstown with registration opening at 09:15.

The high calibre line-up includes jumps expert Alan Richardson, sub 10 second speed coach Jonas Dodoo and endurance guru Andy Hobdell - who steered Northern Irish Marathon Olympians Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward to Rio. A little closer to home, Northern Ireland’s Performance Coach of the Year Richard Rodger and Athletics NI’s Tom Reynolds will discuss the preparation of Steeplechase Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty for the Rio Olympics.

The University of Ulster Jordanstown is located only 20 minutes from the Belfast City Centre and close to both Belfast International and Belfast City Airports. The conference costs £40 for coaches who registered coaches have taken a UKA coaching or leadership qualification and £55 for other coaches.


The full conference schedule is available on the conference website where delegates can register and pay online:


The conference website hosted on is linked to the UK National Coaching Database so all registered UK coaches can receive professional development credit for attending. To pay the reduced £40 delegate fee, registered UK coaches will need to know their coach license number and have up to date contact information. We will need to know your full name, date of birth and current email address.


Any club wishing to purchase a number of spaces on behalf of their club coaches should contact: