Nelson Lindsay, Head Swimming Coach to Bethany Firth named High Performance Coach of the Year at Sport NI Awards

Nelson Lindsay, coach to history-making Paralympic gold medallist Bethany Firth, has been awarded the title of High Performance Coach of the Year by Sport Northern Ireland at its 2019 SportMaker Awards. Nelson has been coach to 23-year-old swimmer Bethany for more than a decade and has overseen her meteoric rise to the top of the…Continue reading this article →

Gymnastics Volunteer swings to victory at Sport NI Awards

A young volunteer with Ballysillan Gymnastics Club has been honoured for her contribution to local sport at the 2019 Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. Lucy Wallace, who volunteers as a young leader, was named Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the development of sport. Having recently won the Diana Award in 2018…Continue reading this article →

Red Belt Challenge Project Honoured at Sport NI Awards

A Portaferry-based Judo Project that has been instrumental in helping young children play sport and integrate together in a positive, safe environment, has been named Project of the Year at the Sport Northern Ireland’s 2019 SportMaker Awards. The Red Belt Challenge is a six week free Judo programme run by Peggy Magee in partnership with…Continue reading this article →

BMX Cycling Coach Lands Prestigious Sport NI Award

Belfast’s BMX Club Coach Jonathan Reid has been announced as the winner of the Children’s Coach of the Year prize at Sport NI’s 2019 SportMaker Awards. Jonathan developed the FUNdamentals Programme for BMX Ireland, producing a detailed set of guidelines to ensure that all clubs in Ireland deliver a consistent programme which really puts the…Continue reading this article →

Northern Ireland’s first walking conference champions the ‘Power of Walking’

The Public Health Agency, Sport NI and Outdoor Recreation NI on Wednesday 14th November hosted a ‘Power of Walking’ conference in Queen’s Riddle Hall Belfast, to demonstrate how achieving a stronger culture of walking has the power to offer enormous benefits for the local population in Northern Ireland. The conference was opened by the Chief…Continue reading this article →

Bethany Firth Supports Toyota Parasport Fund

Bethany Firth, Paralympic swimming gold medallist, is supporting the launch of the Toyota Parasport Fund in Northern Ireland. Toyota are working with ParalympicsGB, Sport NI and Mencap NI to improve the quality and quantity of sports and activities available to people with a disability in Northern Ireland through the Toyota Parasport Fund. The Toyota Parasport…Continue reading this article →

Crumlin community netball coach recognised at Sport NI Awards

A Crumlin community netball coach has been honoured for her tireless work to get local women active and involved in sport, after being named Community Coach of the Year at the 2019 Sport NI SportMaker Awards. Joanne McElkerney formed a brand new netball club in the local area which now has a membership base of…Continue reading this article →

Disability Coach has a greater purpose than just sport and winning

A Belfast-based football coach working with children with special needs has been named Disability Coach of the Year at the 2019 Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. Michael McShane is the Orchardville Disability Football Manager and, through his work, recognised that there was a keen interest in the sport from members, so he set up and…Continue reading this article →

Dedicated Adekanmi nets Volunteer of the Year Sport NI Award

A Belfast based volunteer has been honoured for his contribution and commitment to creating good relations through multi sports opportunities at the 2019 Sport NI #SportMaker Awards. Adekanmi Abayomi, founder of Ethnic Minority Sports Organisations Northern Ireland (EMSONI) volunteers his time across Belfast and Northern Ireland promoting sport within ethnic minority groups and diverse communities.…Continue reading this article →

Female athletics coach aims to inspire the next generation with Sport NI Award

An Ulster University-based athletics coach has been named Young Coach of the Year at the 2019 Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. Emma McCay was recognised for her achievements in understanding the complex needs of youth athletes and her ability to create fun, challenging and engaging sessions which are rewarding for those she coaches. In addition,…Continue reading this article →