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Ian is named ‘Development Coach of the Year’

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Ian is named ‘Development Coach of the Year’ thumbnailElish Rutherford presents Ballymena & Antrim’s Development Coach of the Year award to Ian Neely, alongside Christine McMahon. GB05Ian Neely P47

IAN Neely, from Ballymena and Antrim Athletics Club, was named 'Development Coach of the Year' at the recent Athletics NI Annual Awards Evening in Belfast.
Over the past few seasons Ian has developed Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim AC) from a promising junior right through to achieving the Olympic qualification standard, albeit 5 days too late for Rio!
He also tutors on the UKA Athletics Coach award where he is a strong advocate for taking a long-term approach to athlete development.
The awards evening was held last Wednesday night at Titanic Belfast, to honour athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers from across Northern Ireland for their hard work and achievements during the 2015/2016 season.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston and UK Athletics' Chair Ed Warner were among the guests of honour.
Other guests included Chair of the Mary Peters Trust Eilish Rutherford and local pioneering Olympian Maeve Kyle OBE.
The final award of the evening was the "Sean Kyle Award for Services to Coaching", named after the legendary Ballymena & Antrim coach who sadly passed away in 2015.
Sean's wife Maeve Kyle OBE presented the award to this year's winner Claire Scarth.
Claire has been involved with Athletics for over 40 years at North Down AC.
Many of her athletes have also gone on to set Northern Irish records, the most recent of which was Ben Reynolds who ran 13.48s over 110m Hurdles in 2015. Claire continues to work
The evening began by recognising the athletes and their personal coaches who achieved International Selection during 2016.
Tom Crick Director of Coaching & Athlete Development said, "The recognition of coaches alongside their athletes is a key feature of our team's drive to raise the status of coaching and volunteering in Athletics."

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