Sport NI – SportMaker Celebration

The SportMaker Celebration Evening brought together the winners of Sport NI’s 2017 Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering  Awards, who were presented with awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in delivering and supporting sport at all levels within local communities.

Among those receiving awards during the SportMaker Celebration Event was Elaine Rice, Head Coach of the Northern Ireland Netball team, who was named High Performance Coach of Year. Elaine was joined on stage by members of the Northern Ireland squad who will be competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Also recognised during the ceremony was Simply Judo Connects, a Belfast-based judo initiative integrating refugee families into their local community through judo. The intervention was named Coaching Project of the Year, having previously been shortlisted as a finalist at the 2017 UK Coaching Awards.

Volunteer of the year was Gerard O’Neill of Clonoe O’Rahilly’s Gaelic Athletics Club.

Banbridge Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI Coach Mark Tumilty is this years Sport Northern Ireland Club Performance Coach of the Year.

Adam Brown, Table Tennis Umpire, Sport Northern Ireland Young Technical Official of the Year 2017.

Robin Gray, Sailing Race Manager, who is the Sport Northern Ireland Technical Official of the Year 2017.

Nadia McAleavey from Dynamic Gymnastics Club Sport Northern Ireland REACH into Coaching Award Winner 2017.


Female Sports Forum Project Manger Danielle McDowell presents Nadia McAleavy with the Reach Award.