“A wealth of talent to choose from for the 2015 Sport Northern Ireland Coaching Awards”…


Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Coaching Awards and congratulate all those that were nominated, after an excellent response to the call for nominations and several weeks of deliberations by the judges.

The winners of the 2015 Coaching Awards are as follows:

Peter Stewart – Children’s Coach of the Year
Lisburn Taekwondo Club
“Peter tirelessly dedicates his time to the development of young people within the Club. Without his passion and commitment, all of which he devotes voluntarily, Lisburn Taekwondo Club would not be the successful organisation it is today.”

Jonathan Cooke – Community Coach of the Year
Kookateki Judo Club
“Jonathan has a unique ability to make everyone feel welcome at the club, through his inclusive coaching style, good humour and the rapport that he builds with the players and parents alike. Above all else, he is hugely committed to each and every one of the children that he coaches and works incredibly hard to help them achieve their own individual goals.”

Luke Carson – Young Coach of the Year
Rathgael Gymnastics and Tumbling Club
“Luke has made a huge difference in his short coaching ‘career’ to date. The improvement in gymnasts’ results has been more than anyone could have expected and the overall attitude of professionalism that he has brought has been quite simply infectious.”

Breda Dick – Female Coach of the Year
Phoenix Basketball Club and Ulster Rockets Head Coach
“Breda works tireless for the sport of basketball. Her positivity and enthusiasm for the game is relentless; her coaching influences far beyond the court itself, encouraging her players to develop sportsmanship, positive attitudes, and self-discipline.”

Brian Babb – Disability Coach of the Year
Belfast Deaf United Football Club
“Brian is a highly skilled, positive role model and has proved that with the right attitude and hard work obstacles can be overcome. He demonstrates tremendous patience and understanding with young deaf/disabled players and delivers coaching sessions perfectly tailored to their disability needs.”

Andrew Stewart – Talent Development Coach of the Year
Ulster Badminton Emerging Performance Squad Coach
“Andrew is a valued member of the Ulster Badminton Coaching Staff and takes a very pro-active approach in helping and developing others. Always enthusiastic, motivated, adaptable, focused and flexible and, most importantly, acutely aware of the different needs of each of the players that he coaches.”

Paul Green – Club Performance Coach of the Year
Konarakai Judo Club
“The amount of time and voluntary work, day and night, that Paul commits selflessly to the success of the Club is tremendous. His caring, selfless and devoted vision to see children and athletes grow through sport is truly an amazing sight to watch. He would most likely be embarrassed at hearing these words but I am only reaffirming what all the parents, players and coaches say and think.”

John Conlan – High Performance Coach of the Year
Irish Amateur Boxing Association – Ulster High Performance Coach
“John is not only coaching and producing consistent medal winning performances at the elite level, his leadership and vision is ensuring that we have a talent system that can identify and refine aspiring young boxers, then mentor, coach and guide them to the top of the boxing world.”

Ulster Sports Outreach – Coaching Project of the Year
Ulster University
“By mobilising, training and deploying student volunteers, this project is able to use the energy, abilities and enthusiasm of future sport and physical professionals to reach young people in schools and communities at greatest disadvantage – to encourage learning, influence behaviour and open eyes to the possibility of a brighter, healthier, positive future.”

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