Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 SportMaker Awards:

Peter Stewart – Children’s Coach of the Year (Taekwondo)

“Peter’s students are learning the skills of Taekwondo in a fun, engaging environment. His passion for the sport is infectious, the time he dedicates is incredible and he is an inspiration to all the children.”

 Children's Coach of the Year Peter Stewart 1

 

Gemma Reynolds – Disability Coach of the Year (Judo)

“Gemma is the most passionate, empathetic and knowledgeable coach. She is an amazing advocate for grassroots disability sport and commits a huge amount of time giving these children and families opportunities to be included.”

Disability Coach of the Year Gemma Reynolds Receives her SportMaker Award

 

Kim Godsman – Community Coach of the Year (Multi-sport/Physical Activity)

“Annaclone has been changed dramatically for the better by Kim’s coaching. With her innovative approach, she has inspired women of all ages to engage with a variety of exercises that most had never before experienced.”   

 Kim Godsman Community Coach of the Year 2018

 

Emma Gorman – Young Coach of the Year (Gymnastics)

“Since embarking on a coaching career Emma, has grown from strength to strength and her hard work ethic and passion for gymnastics together with her determination has brought her to the level she is at currently.” 

Emma Gorman - Young Coach of the Year 2018

 

Conor Hickland – Performance Pathway Coach of the Year (Badminton)

“Conor is not only an excellent coach but also a role model for the young players he works with, conducting himself in a professional manner at all times and always requiring the highest of standards of himself and then of the players.”

 Conor Hickland Performance Pathway Coach of the Year

 

Clare Winning – Club Performance Coach of the Year (Netball)

“Clare has had an intense year, balancing her coaching with family and caring commitments yet she supported, structured and developed each of her squads with a smile on her face, and with an enquiring mind, always focusing on how she can coach better.”

 2018 Performance Coach of the Year - Clare Winning

 

Luke Carson – High Performance Coach of the Year (Gymnastics)

“Quite simply he inspires me to do more than even I think I can. I aim very high, but Luke aims even higher. If I think I can make a final, Luke believes I can medal. If I think I can medal, Luke believes I can win gold. He gets me to entertain possibilities that stretch the limits of my beliefs.”

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Move More NI – Project of the Year (Physical Activity)

“Move More Northern Ireland is making a huge difference to the lives of people living with cancer. Right from the point of diagnosis, the Move More Coordinator is there to provide vital help and support.”

 MoveMore NI - SportMaker Presentation

 

Ben McGarrigle – Technical Official of the Year (Boxing)

“Ben is a fantastic example of the alternative pathway that can be taken following life in the ring as a boxer and he continually inspires members of the boxing community to become involved in the officiating aspect of the sport.”

 Ben McGarrigle - Technical Official of the Year 2018

 

Kurtis Scott – Young Technical Official of the Year (Athletics)

“Kurtis gives a huge amount of time to the sport of athletics and is justifiably recognised as a very enthusiastic and hardworking field official who supports local meetings as well as those across the water.”

 Kurtis Scott - Young Technical Official of the Year 2018

 

Aidan Pounder – Volunteer of the Year (Sailing)          

“Aidan has been an outstanding role model for volunteering in the sport of sailing.  His enthusiasm and commitment to the sport is outstanding and something that Aidan’s club should be extremely proud of.”

Aidan Pounder Volunteer of the Year 2018

 

Jordan Buchanan – Young Volunteer of the Year (American Football)

“The Craigavon Cowboys would not be where we are without the hard work and immense time that Jordan has put in. He is a true role model for young and old alike within our club and It’s simply incredible the amount of time that he dedicates.”

Jordan Buchanan - Young Volunteer of the Year 2018