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Top class Coaching Network announced

Athletics Ireland is pleased to announce the details for the first Sprints, Hurdles and Jumps coaching conference on Saturday 16th April at Athlone IT. 

The conference will be a mixture of theory and practical sessions. The main focus will be on developing and improving on the technical aspects of sprinting, hurdling, long jumping and high jumping.

If you are a club coach, development coach or a performance coach then this event has something to offer you. Top coaches nowadays recognise they are on a continuous journey of learning. This will hopefully be the first of many learning opportunities of this nature. Allowing coaches to develop, and also to network with other coaches and help build a better support structure for their own training group.

By utilising some Irelands best ever long and high jumpers, and also bringing in a wealth of knowledge from across the water, we are delighted with the calibre of speaker delivering at this event.

Coaches can now register at the online link below for the low cost of €30. Registration for this event will close on Sunday April 10th at midnight (or when the registration limit is reached) and places are limited to 80 coaches only. We advise all coaches to register quickly as we expect the event to sell out fast and a waiting list will apply after this time.

Many coaches will be staying the night before the event at the Creggan Court Hotel in Athlone located next to the college and this may provide coaches with a further opportunity to network with each other.

Registration link is available HERE 


Venue : Athlone IT

Registration:  9.30am - 10 am

Opening  10am : John Foley and Pat Ryan

10.30am  - 11.30am : Keynote presentation Tom Crick  'Fundamental Speed Concepts'

11.45- 12.45 Choice of workshop

1. Long Jump technical - Ciaran McDonagh 2. Hurdles - Richard Wheater 3. Plyometrics - Deirdre Ryan


1.45- 2.45 Choice of Workshop

1. High Jump Technical - Deirdre Ryan 2. Acceleration - Theory and Practice - Tom Crick 3. Ciaran McDonagh – athletic development for long jumpers

3pm - 4pm Richard Wheater - Developing as a Coach

4-4.10pm - Brid Golden - Conclusion

4.10-4.30pm Option to stay for questions and networking

Speaker Bios

Ciaran McDonagh

1999 World Championship, final and 10th place
Irish outdoor and indoor long jump record holder – 8.07m and 8.00mi

Ciaran McDonagh is a former international long jumper who is now a leading physical therapist having worked exclusively with the likes of Ashton Eaton. A member of Fr Murphy’s AC, the Irish long jump record holder’s career highlight was making the World Championship Final in Seville in 1999.

Ciaran has a wealth of knowledge having worked under coaches such as Zbigniew Orywal, Terri Cahill, Paul Doyle and Loren Seagrave. He is now passing on his expertise to athletes and GAA teams.  

Deirdre Ryan

International High Jumper

Sporting Achievements

•             2011 World Championship, 6th  place, 1.93 cm (1.95cm qualification round)

•             2011 National Irish Record 1.95 cm

•             2012 Competed at the Olympic Games in London

Deirdre is a former international Irish high jumper. She joined DSD, her local athletics club at the age of eight. After many years of trying a variety of disciplines, it she focussed on high jumping. From there her career developed through the ranks of schools and national championships culminating in placing sixth at the World Championships in South Korea in 2011, jumping a national record of 1.95cm and qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics. Between 2000 and 2013 Deirdre competed at numerous European and World Championships across all four corners of the globe from Birmingham, Berlin and Madrid to Korea, Doha and Beijing.

Deirdre spent many years training abroad in Germany, Belgium and Italy, affording her the possibility to train with some of the most world renowned high jump coaches, such as Gerd Osenberg, not to mention World and Olympic Champions like Tia Hellebaut.

Richard Wheater

Richard is the former Head of Coaching for England Athletics and British Athletics and previously the Head Coach for Cambridge University Track and Field Team. He is currently Loughborough University’s Performance Director for Performance Sport. As a coach Richard has worked primarily with athletes in sprints, hurdles and endurance. As an official Richard was responsible for setting up the highly successful England Athletics National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) and worked jointly with British Athletics to create development opportunities for coaches working with athletes from grassroots to elite level. He was also Team Manager for England Athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Before starting at Loughborough University in 2016, Richard spent considerable time consulting and working across both the non-profit and commercial sectors as well as completing his MBA at the Judge Business School.

Tom Crick

Tom Crick is the Director of Coaching & Athlete Development for Athletics Northern Ireland. He previously worked for British Athletics where he founded, the world’s largest online coaching resource, and developed advanced coaching qualifications and IT platforms. A former coach for Loughborough Students Athletics Club he has experience working with a range of athletes (including both disabled and non-disabled athletes) on a voluntary basis across the sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps. At Loughborough he coached Limerick born Elaine O’Neill to 11.39s in the 100m, European U23 4x100m Relay Gold and the Delhi Commonwealth Games 200m final.

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