Athletics Northern Ireland 2019 Coaching Awards Open for Nominations

16 October 2019

Athletics Northern Ireland 2019 Coaching Awards Open for Nominations

Ciara Mageean and her Coach Steve Vernon after her magnificent 10th place finish in the 1500m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Athletics Northern Ireland have opened their 2019 Coaching Awards for nominations. Awards will be presented at this year’s Annual Coaching Conference on Sunday 1st December 2019.

Coach Development Lead Laura Kerr explained: “On Sunday 1st December 2019, Athletics Northern Ireland will present our Annual Coaching Awards in conjunction with our Annual Coaching Conference headlined by Peter Stanley and Steve Ingham at Ulster University Jordanstown. Athletics Northern Ireland are tremendously proud of the performances that our senior and youth athletes have produced in the past 12 months and recognise the valuable contribution of coaches in preparation and planning. Coaches play a valuable role in supporting and mentoring athletes at all levels as they strive towards fulfilling their athletic potential and preparing for the future.”


Commonwealth Youth Games Athlete & Coach Pairs receiving awards last year

The following performance coaching awards will be presented to coaches based on the performances of their athletes in the 2018-2019 season (beginning October 2018 ending at World Para Championships 15th November.) Nominations are not required in these categories as a statistical review of athlete performances will take place.

  • Performance Coach of the Year  
  • Junior Performance Coach of the Year  
  • Disability Performance Coach of the Year
  • Junior Disability Performance Coach of the Year

Athletics NI invite coaching award nominations from parents, athletes, clubs and community groups who wish to recognise the valuable contribution of a coach in the following categories:

  • Participation/ Community Coach of the Year
  • Development Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year

Director of Coaching & Athlete Development, Jackie Newton said: “Coaches working with developing athletes and participants in local clubs and communities are the lifeblood of our sport and we rely on them to develop athletes for the pathway and a fitter healthier society.”

Online Nominations close on Friday 8th November 2019


2018 Community Coach of the Year Norman Mawhinney (Scrabo Striders) with Director of Athletics Jackie Newton

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

Online Nominations close on Friday 8th November 2019

Nomination Criteria