Position Title: National Throws Coach
Status: Contract for services on a fixed term part time basis, 100 days per year up until December 2020.
Location: The role will involve travel internationally and within Ireland
Reporting to: Head of Paralympics Athletics (HPA)
The Paralympic Movement and Paralympics Ireland is on a very positive trajectory in terms of the recognition of the Paralympic Games within sport in general, and the recognition of the elite, high performance athletes and teams involved.
This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, driven individual to play a key role in a dynamic team, within a multi-sport environment, to use their skills to support elite athletes with a disability, in the lead up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

The job holder will act as the technical expert in throws coaching and be responsible for delivering, monitoring and evaluating throws coaching programmes for Paralympics Ireland (PI) panel athletes at PI training camps and competitions. This includes liaising with the Head of Paralympic Athletics (HPA) to develop coaching plans for all Panel events and leading the throws coaching team at such events. This position will be a key member of the Irish Paralympic Athletics Team at major championships including Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

1. Lead all throws training sessions at calendar events including camps and competitions in Ireland and overseas as requested by the Head of Paralympic Athletics (HPA). International travel to the 2020 Paralympic Games a. 2019 October (11th -21st) Portugal Camp b. 2019 November (2nd -16th) World Championships Dubai c. 2020 April camp location TBC d. 2020 June WPA European Championships Poland e. 2020 Aug Paralympic Games Japan

2. Agree and implement an overall annual individual work programme with the Head of Paralympic Athletics, identifying key activities, priorities, personal objectives, timescales and performance indicators.

3. Develop and oversee the implementation of individual annual coaching plans for all throwers in conjunction with the HPA & SII

4. Oversee the implementation of individual annual coaching through liaising and mentoring of personal coaches to ensure a consistent level of support throughout the athletes’ entire programme.

5. Schedule and lead monthly throws group training days and individual training sessions as agreed (Approx 2 per athlete per month)

6. Assist the Team Manager (HPA) at all international camps and competitions as a key member of the Athletics support staff team

7. Working with the appointed Paralympics Ireland/SII Sport Science and Medicine Team in relation to the provision of sport science support to athletes at PI events, including quarterly meetings.

8. Support the staff team in the care of junior squad members ensuring they are supervised in full compliance with the Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport and Paralympics Ireland Junior Policy.

9. Produce a coaching report to the HPA & home coaches within two weeks of the completion of any camp or competition.

10. Participate in any post competition debrief as requested by the HPA.

11. Support talent identification and development of future para throwers, through participation in throws coach education programmes and other initiatives

12. Adhere to the Paralympics Ireland Participant Rules at all times. 13. Undertake other duties as required from time to time by the Head of Paralympic Athletics

PERSON SPECIFICATION – National Throws Coach

• Level 2 Athletics Ireland coaching qualification or equivalent from IAAF affiliate overseas

• Minimum of BSc Degree in sports related area.

• Recent track record of working at elite level with athletes and squads.

• Experience as a lead coach with a National Athletics Team

• Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team.

• Knowledge of the full range of track & fields events.

• Excellent communication skills including negotiation skills.

• Ability to be adaptable and to perform in a pressurised setting.

• A clear understanding and commitment to Anti-Doping in sport.

• Sufficient time available to carry out the role effectively.

• Coach Tutor experience.


• Level 3 Athletics Ireland coaching qualification or equivalent from IAAF affiliate overseas

• Experience of coordinating/mentoring coaches.

• Experience of working in high pressure sporting environment.

• Knowledge of IPC Athletics Rules.

• Qualification in strength & conditioning.

• Experience of supporting Paralympic/Olympic level athletes.

• Experience of delivering athletics coach education programmes

Note to all applicants:
*Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate, by example, how they meet the essential criteria will go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process.

Desirable criteria may be used for shortlisting purposes if required.

All other essential and desirable criteria will be assessed by selection test and/or interview.

NB. This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and can be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

• Suitable candidates should apply in writing with a letter and current CV to

• Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 3rd September 2019

• Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place during the week of the 9th of September

Queries may be directed to Colin Armstrong at Paralympics Ireland by email at or by calling 01 625 1175.

Paralympics Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strict confidence.