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Ards coaches Lindsay and Munn scoop top sports awards

By David Kelly

Published 15/11/2016

Super coach: Norma Munn with her coaching award presented by Simon Toole of Sport NI and young swimmer Sophia Quigley of the Ards club
Super coach: Norma Munn with her coaching award presented by Simon Toole of Sport NI and young swimmer Sophia Quigley of the Ards club
Top man: Nelson Lindsay celebrates winning his Sport NI coaching award

Ards Swimming Club are celebrating a rare coaching double after scooping two top Sport NI awards. Nelson Lindsay picked up the Performance Coach of the Year gong on the back of Bethany Firth's Paralympic medal blitz in Rio, while Norma Munn's relentless run of success with the juniors at the club was also recognised when she was handed the prestigious REACH award - supporting women in coaching.

Munn, who has spent 15 years working with young swimmers and has led Ards to four straight victories in the popular annual Aqua Sprint Ulster club event, also picked up the Swim Ulster Teacher of the Year gong.

Ards assistant performance coach Davy Johnston hailed both Munn and Lindsay for their outstanding contribution to the club which has been at the forefront of producing top Irish international swimmers.

"Everyone at the club is delighted that Norma and Nelson have been recognised in this way," said Johnston, whose son Paddy along with fellow Ards swimmer Rebecca Reid picked up the Swim Ulster under-14 swimmer of the year awards.

"For Nelson to get his award in a year of great sporting achievement for Northern Ireland is really special. He's been an outstanding coach over many years.

"Norma's contribution cannot be over-stated. She organises the junior end so well, she's so passionate and committed to the development of the young swimmers and of course we then get the benefit of her work at the senior end of things."

The awards were presented at the War Memorial Gala in Bangor Aurora on Saturday night when Ards won seven of the 10 relays.

The main event, the men's 6x50m freestyle relay, went to Bangor.

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