Blog – Head of Performance Skills Des Jennings on Challenges of Promoting Mental Health in Elite Sport

By Des Jennings (Head of Performance Skills, Sport Northern Ireland) It’s good to talk- and that’s why the role of a Performance Skills Coach is crucial in assisting athletes, coaches and practitioners maximise their sporting performances whilst also ensuring they manage their life stressors in the best way possible. As someone who has dedicated my…Continue reading this article →

Scaling To New Heights

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre (TNOC) has launched a newly enhanced climbing facility at Altnadue Quarry. The quarry has been leased to the Centre for over 30 years from a local landowner and has been reopened following completion of works, funded by the Department for Communities, to improve accessibility and safety. Major changes and developments made…Continue reading this article →

Twelve Medals at Gold Coast for Team NI

Team Northern Ireland won a total of 12 medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Games! Northern Ireland athletes gained the best number of medals in a Commonwealth Games outside the UK with winning performances from over 50 athletes out of 90 who were Top eights. The medal tally for Team NI was equal to what…Continue reading this article →

Rhys wins first Gold medal for NI at Commonwealth Games

Winning Gold Newtownards gymnast Rhys McClenaghan wins Northern Ireland’s first Gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games!  The 18 year-old held strong on the Pommel Horse in a tough competition against England’s double Olympic champion, Max Whitlock, who was the favourite to win in the Gold Coast Games, Australia. Tough Competition Rhys, who competes…Continue reading this article →

Chairman joins forces with sporting network

Sport NI Chairman, George Lucas, is a force to be reckoned with at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games! The Chairman has been proactively engaged in discussing Northern Ireland’s sporting need with key senior personnel from across the Commonwealth sporting network as well as providing support and encouragement to Team NI athletes, coaches and Sport NI…Continue reading this article →

Sport NI staff support athletes and coaches at Commonwealth Games

Sport NI staff are playing their part at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, supporting Team NI athletes and coaches in the lead-up to and during the Games. Specialist staff at the Sports Institute are providing their expertise and advice in areas including Physiotherapy, Performance Analysis and Anti-Doping, to help athletes compete at their best ability.…Continue reading this article →

Final Countdown to 2018 Commonwealth Games

It’s the final countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which run from 4 – 15 April. The Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories. Team NI comprises of 88 athletes in 13 sports representing Northern Ireland at…Continue reading this article →

Team NI Boxers Prepare To Pack A Punch For The Gold Coast Games

The countdown is officially on, with less than a month to go until the start of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Athletes and support staff will be travelling to Australia in the coming days and weeks. Sport Northern Ireland is proud to be supporting Team NI athletes and coaches, including the Boxing squad who recently participated…Continue reading this article →

Future Local Sporting Winners on Agenda as Sport NI Hosts Performance Sport Conference

Sport Northern Ireland and UK Sport have brought together local performance sport personnel for a special conference in Belfast this week on developing the next generation of medal-winning athletes. The Performance Pathways Conference, which took place at Belfast Waterfront, saw delegates exchange knowledge, expertise and research on best practice for transitioning talented young athletes into…Continue reading this article →

Congratulations to Killicomaine JHS who are getting Girls Active!

Killicomaine Junior High School recently attended the Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference Awards Dinner, having become one of four schools shortlisted for ‘Best Secondary School of the Year in the UK’ for outstanding contributions to the Girls Active programme. Held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, the awards aim to reward those who have used sport…Continue reading this article →