The Pat Duffy Lecture 2016


This event will be of interest to coaches, athletes or anyone you know with an interest in Sport in Ireland. Regardless of what sport you are involved in there is much to learn from two of Ireland’s best coaches and one of its best athletes. You might be so kind as to distribute this through your networks s well.


The Pat Duffy Lecture 2016


Optimising the total training environment: the pathway to Olympic success.”


7/12/16 University of Limerick 7.30pm


The Pat Duffy Lecture remembers the life’s work of a UL graduate, the founder of the NCTC (now Sport Ireland-Coaching) the Irish support system for athletes and a huge influence on coaching and coach education throughout the world.


This year the lecture will be delivered by three people who represent what Pat was striving to achieve; World Class coaches coaching world class athletes in Ireland.


Drew and Hayley Harrison could well argue they are Ireland’s most successful coaching team ever. In their 21 years coaching in Ireland they have helped their athletes to win 112 National Senior titles and hundreds more medallists,  seen their athletes break dozens of National records,  coached 5 Olympians, 3 World Medallists and in Rio coached Thomas Barr to 4th place in the 400m Hurdles.


Drew and Hayley will share their story about how they created a positive total training environment that has created so much success. What are their core coaching values, and how do you help change athletes training behaviours? They will talk about their vision for the future and share their experiences of how they have been able to consistently help develop leading International athletes. Having both been also hugely successful and influential in their working lives in Biomechanics and Coach Education respectively. They have also worked successfully in other sports such as Rugby League (Salford Reds) and Gaelic Football (Tipperary and Laois)


When Thomas Barr moved to Limerick to join his sister Jessie in the Harrisons training group in 2010 his personal best was 56.47, had just finished 2nd in the Irish Schools and was ranked 12th in Ireland. After the Rio Olympics where he finished 4th where he had run 47.97,equalling the best track final position of any male Irish athlete since Ronnie Delaney and becoming the 9th fastest European of ALL TIME in the 400m hurdles. He did this all training in Limerick and Thomas will speak of his experiences and how the total training environment has helped him and his training partners succeed and what others might learn from it.


This lecture will be of interest to ANY coach or athlete in ANY sport, who want to know more about how to find continuing sustained success from the coaches and athletes perspective. This is a unique opportunity to listen to three of the very best talk about how they have found success in an Irish context and how it can be applied in any sport.


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