Awards

Each year various organisations provide awards to coaches and volunteers in recognition of their vital contribution to sport. This section explains the various opportunities available. 

Athletics NI Annual Awards

Each year Athletics NI host our annual awards to honour the often unsung heroes of our sport, the volunteers, officials and coaches who are tireless in their commitment and drive to see the sport of Athletics flourish in the province and further afield.

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2019 Development Coach of the Year- Paul Kirkpatrick

Athletics NI Coaching Awards Nomination Criteria

The following 4 awards will be determined by the Awards Panel based on evidence collected from online nominations:

Development Coach of the Year

Awarded to a coach delivering at the Foundation or Event Group stage of the pathway who has shown a commitment to Long Term Athlete Development via the multi event approach and or Event Group development. The judging panel will consider evidence that shows:

  • the coach understands the need for sound physical and technical preparation
  • the coach demonstrates an athlete-centred approach
  • the coach is progressing the performances of athletes on the pathway
  • the coach shows a commitment to their own personal development
  • the coach demonstrates the ability to learn from and share information with other coaches.

Young Coach of the Year

This award recognises the important work carried out by an up and coming coach through his or her coaching achievements to date and the impact they have made on the people they coach. The judging panel will consider::

  • Young coaches, 25 years of age or under at the date of nomination.
  • Evidence of creativity and determination in their development as a coach.
  • Evidence of the provision of opportunities and dedicated support to athletes on the pathway to help them reach their goals.
  • Examples of best practice

Participation/ Community Coach of the Year

Awarded to a coach who provides opportunities to members of the community or athletes of any abilities to regularly participate in structured training.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the impact the coach has had on widening access to Athletics through high quality delivery and organisation
  • Evidence of working within a specific group (eg Community Running, Fundamentals etc.)
  • Examples of best practice.

The following 4 awards will be determined by the Awards Panel based on competition results and rankings. Nominations are not required for these awards:

Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of world ranking and major championship positioning. Priority is given to medals at major championships over rankings.

Disability Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the disability athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of world ranking and major championship positioning. Priority is given to medals at major championships over rankings.

Junior Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the U20 athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of British / European ranking and major championship positioning in non-disability Athletics. Priority is given to medals at major championships over rankings.

Junior Disability Performance Coach

This will be awarded to the coach of the junior (U20) disability athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of world ranking and major championship

Notes & Criteria for Online Nomination

  • Performance coaching awards do not require online nomination and coaches will be assessed for these awards based on international performances of their athletes
  • Submissions for those awards requiring online nomination must be submitted online and criteria for these awards are available to download in the PDF attached at the bottom of this page
  • An individual may be nominated in more than one category but a separate online nomination must be completed each time
  • Nominations should include evidence to support and illustrate the impact of the candidate in the category specified. The evidence should be supported with facts and figures where possible
  • The judging panel can only take into account information supplied on the nomination form
  • The number of times an individual or club is nominated has no bearing on the outcome. Decisions are made purely on merit based on the quality of information presented during the nomination process
  • Athletics NI Staff / Board members are not eligible for awards requiring online nomination/judging panel but may be eligible for performance awards determined by statistics
  • The winners of the coaching awards will go forward to be nominated for the 2020 Sport NI Awards