Gymnastics coach, Nadia McAleavey has been awarded for her contribution to coaching after winning the prestigious REACH – Supporting Women in Coaching award at the 2017 Sport Northern Ireland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering (COV) Awards.

Nadia McAleavey, founder of Dynamic Gymnastics Club has received the prestigious REACH – Supporting Women in Coaching award, after already claiming the title of British Northern Ireland Participation Coach of the Year 2016-17.

Nadia, who set up Dynamic Gymnastics in 2015 was recognised for delivering high quality gymnastics lessons and providing gymnasts with a fun, positive and safe learning experience. The impact of Nadia’s work is reflected in the huge rise in participation numbers at the club, from 100 gymnasts to over 350 gymnasts in one year.

Nadia also runs a satellite club, ensuring a cross community network running out of an Orange Hall and GAA Hall.

Nadia received her award from Sport NI Coaching Consultant David Smyth on Saturday (14th October) at Annaclone GAC Hall, Banbridge.

Congratulating Nadia, Sport NI Chair George Lucas said:

“Coaches and the sporting workforce in general are at the heart of helping communities enjoy, engage and excel in sport. The Sport NI Coaching Officiating and Volunteering awards are about celebrating the outstanding talent, dedication and success of local sportmakers. Nadia is a shining example of this, and she demonstrates the importance coaches have at every level of participation in sport. From introducing young people to gymnastics and developing their fundamental skills and ability, their years of tireless work have led them, their club and their athletes to tremendous success.Without knowing it, she has also broken down community barriers and has helped children from different backgrounds to be welcomed into the world of gymnastics and given them a new passion in life. I am delighted these achievements are being recognised at the 2017 COV Awards, and on behalf of Sport NI I would like to congratulate Nadia and wish her future success in her coaching career.

Alanna Andrews, General Gymnastics Head Coach at Dynamic Gymnastics Club said, “Nadia is a credit to Dynamic Gymnastics Club. She has achieved so much in the short space of time. Nadia would be overwhelmed at being nominated, and truly humbled and honoured to win this award.  I know she is very modest person at what she has accomplished this year.  To win this award would show the gymnastics community what she does behind the scenes and recognise her as a great role model and gymnastics ambassador for our gymnasts, young leaders and our coaches.”

Pictured is David Smyth from Sport NI and Nadia McAleavey.