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Posted On: 8th Apr 2016

Youth Coaching

Fixer Connor Lunnun is encouraging more youngsters to try coaching
Connor has produced a series of posters with Fixers

An Ulster athletics champ who turned to coaching when an injury forced him to take a break from sports is showing other young athletes that teaching is just as rewarding as taking part.


Connor Lunnun from Ballymena had previously taken two first-place titles for the long jump in Ulster’s indoor athletics championships, but was forced to take a break from competing after a rugby injury left him with a slipped disk in his back when he was just 16.


Student Connor, now 18, faced months of physiotherapy after his accident.


He says: ‘It was very frustrating to put my sporting career on hold. I felt a bit unnecessary- I felt like I wasn’t doing what I was good at.


‘Fortunately my athletics club was very supportive and they organised for me to go on my first training course shortly after my injury.


‘As I started to take more courses they allowed me to take more of a leading role in the coaching.’


With Fixers, Connor has developed a series of posters urging other young athletes to consider coaching, after noticing that the profession lacks young instructors.


Click the image below to see the posters.




Connor says: ‘When I went on courses I realised that there was no-one there who was my age.


‘Most coaches are older, but younger athletes who have competed offer lots in terms of experience and have a great understanding of current training exercises.’ 


Connor plans to share his posters in local sports clubs, schools, gyms and leisure centres.


He says: ‘I want other people to know that coaching isn’t just for people who are done with competing.


‘Although I have had some serious injuries and they have put me back, I am competing again now.


‘But for me, training others now comes before competing.’


Connor says that coaching can sometimes be more rewarding than competing.


He says: ‘I have actually found it more rewarding being able to pass on my knowledge to someone else, as opposed to getting personal rewards through competing.


‘I feel a great deal of pride being able to pass on what I know.’


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Author: Meg Lawrence


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