Podium Potential

Podium Potential Programme

The target of the Podium Potential Programme is to support athlete development to achieve medals and top sixteen places at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships and gain selection onto the UKA World Class Performance Programme or the Irish Carding System at Performance level. To underpin the target, the programme aims to establish a ‘Performance Culture’ and role models at the top of the Athlete Development Pathway.

Podium Potential athlete and coach pairs are eligible for Sporting Winners investment that includes support from the Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute (SNISI). This may include technical support, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, competition expenses, training camps, equipment, sports science and sports medicine.

The coach is placed at the heart of the system and integrates the SNISI services in a joined-up approach. The service providers bring expertise, current research knowledge and ideas that fit the overarching and long-term plan. Within this system, Athletics Northern Ireland, coaches, athletes and service providers share a philosophy that is athlete-centred, coach led and performance focussed.

Selections for these squads will be reviewed on a six-monthly basis, usually around 31st March and 30th September each year.

Athlete- Coach Pairs are supported up to the following levels:

Athletes resident within Northern Ireland

  • Bespoke Sports Science and Medicine support with an integrated approach, through SNISI. 
  • Training and competition costs based on need and agreed targets. 
  • Six weekly planning/monitoring/review meetings face-to-face with the Athlete Development Lead or Director of Coaching and Athlete Development
  • Up to two squad training camps per year for warm weather/altitude/acclimatisation leading towards targeted competitions.

Athletes resident outside of Northern Ireland

  • Sports Science and Medical support, as agreed according to need and targets. 
  • Training and competition costs based on need and agreed targets. 
  • Six weekly planning/monitoring/review meetings by telephone or Skype with the Athlete Development Lead or Director of Coaching and Athlete Development
  • Up to two squad training camps per year for warm weather/altitude/acclimatisation leading towards targeted competitions.

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Northern Ireland's Leon Reid on his way to 200m silver at the European U23 Championships

Selection onto the programme

To be selected onto the Podium Potential Programme, athletes have performed at Olympic, Paralympic or World level or have demonstrated the potential to do so.

Performance is measured against the IAAF scoring system. Athletes are considered if they score 1100 points, or score 1050 and have achieved selection standards for Olympics, Paralympics or World Championships.

Potential is measured against the same standards. Athletes are expected to be tracking towards Tokyo 2020, show year-on-year progress, commitment to their own development and to the programme.

For further information on the Podium Potential Programme contact Tom Reynolds, Athlete Development Lead: tom@athleticsni.org

2018-19 Podium Potential Athlete-Coach Pairs

Athlete

Coach

Leon Reid (200m)

James Hillier

Ciara Mageean (1500m)

Steve Vernon

Adam McMullen (Long Jump)

Alan Kennedy

Dempsey McGuigan (HT)

Derek Evely

Sommer Lecky (High Jump)

Niall Wilkinson

Kerry O’ Flaherty (3000m S/C)

Richard Rodgers

Amy Foster (100m)

David Reid

Megan Marrs (100mH)

Jerzy Maciukiewicz

Stephen Scullion (10,000m/Marathon)

Stephen Haas

Paul Pollock (Marathon)

Andy Hobdell

Breege Connolly (Marathon)

Donie Walsh

Kevin Seaward (Marathon)

Andy Hobdell

Gladys Ganiel (Marathon)

Matt Shields

Jason Smyth (T13 100m/200m)

 

Michael McKillop (T37 800m/1500m)

Paddy McKillop

James Hamilton (T20 800m/1500m)

 Mark Kirk

Eve Walsh-Dann (T36 100m/ 200m)

Roger Sexton

Jack Agnew (T54 1500m)

Heather Ardis 

David Leavy (T38 800m/ 1500m)

Ian Neely