Athletics NI support coach-athlete pairs at the Event Specialist stage through the Commonwealth Potential programme with the aim of progressing athletes towards achieving medals and top eight places at the Commonwealth Games and gaining selection onto the UKA Futures Programme or the Irish Carding System.
At this level, support includes access to physiotherapy support, centralised championship preparation camps and learning opportunities for coach-athlete pairs. By fine tuning all aspects of training and performance behaviours for each athlete, with the sole aim of performing at major championships, we will raise performance standards.
The goals for the Commonwealth Potential programme are to:
Selection onto the programme
Athletes are considered against Athletics NI standards for Commonwealth Games nomination that show they are tracking towards Birmingham 2022 or European Para Championships. Athletes also need to demonstrate year on year progress, and commitment to their own development and to the programme.
Programme Features & Benefits:
Physiotherapy support, as agreed according to need and targets
Regular planning/monitoring/review meetings face-to-face by telephone or Skype with the Athlete Development Lead or Director of Coaching and Athlete Development
|Jack Agnew||T54 1500m||Heather Ardis|
|Conor Bradley||5000m||Teresa McDaid|
|Eilish Flanagan||3000m Steeplechase||Damon Martin|
|Roisin Flanagan||5000m||Damon Martin|
|James Hamilton||T20 1500m||Mark Kirk|
|Conall Kirk||800m||Mark Kirk|
|Katie Kirk||800m||Mark Kirk|
|Megan Marrs||100m Hurdles||Alex Nwenwu|
|Ellie McCartney||Pole vault||Jim Alexander|
|Anna McCauley||Heptathlon||Toni Minichiello|
|Dempsey McGuigan||Hammer||Andy Frost|
|Adam McMullen||Long Jump|
|Kerry O’Flaherty||3000m Steeplechase||Richard Rodgers|
|Eoghan Totten||Marathon||Richard Rogers|
|Eve Walsh-Dann||T38 100m/200m||Roger Sexton|