Introducing our Disability Coach of the Year nominees! Here’s what their nominators had to say about them:

Luke Marshall – Knights Wheelchair Basketball

“Luke is inspirational to watch with our junior/development players. Each of them have their own individual needs and Luke goes above and beyond.”

Marty Ansfield – Lough Erne Yacht Club

“Marty is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities experience sailing, instilling confidence in them and empowering the sailors to develop on their sailing journey.”

Andrew Goodfellow - Ballymena Bears / Ballymena RFC

“Every club needs an Andrew Goodfellow. An inspiration to other coaches, kind, caring and always at the centre of things having fun.”

Ged Irwin - Lisburn Distillery

“Ged has created a positive environment and formed a team with moderate learning difficulties, Autism, ADHD, Global Development Delay amongst others. He makes football fit for them rather than trying to make them fit football.”

Peggy Magee - Portaferry School of Judo

“Peggy builds a welcoming and inclusive sports culture and recognises the rights of everyone to access and participate in the sport of Judo; encouraging all abilities including blind students.”

Dean Shaw - Banbridge Boxing Club

“Dean coaches his athletes to reach limits that they thought were unreachable. He works tirelessly to adapt training sessions to be meaningful for his group from which they gain confidence and flourish.”