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James Nolan


Sydney and Athens Olympian European indoor Silver medallist at 1500m.

PB’s 800m 1.46.05 1999
1000m 2:21.12i 2007
1500m 3.35.69 2003
3000m 7.52.84i 2006

Progression: Year 800m 1500m
2005 1.51.98 3.41.91
2004 1.48.84 3.37.85
2003 1.49.14 3.35.69
2002 1.48.86 3.38.69 i
2001 1.48.40 3.36.50
2000 1.46.83 3.36.30
1999 1.46.05 3.40.2
1998 1.46.64 3.44.83
1997 1.47.06 3.46.0
1996 1.47.55
1995 1.48.43
1994 1.53.50 3.51.89 

James is running fastkids.ie

The programmes use equipment that is bright, safe and colourful thereby offering immediate appeal to children and leaders. They are underpinned by a child centred philosophy which promotes teamwork, avoids over specialisation at a young age and uses appropriate competitions where the emphasis is placed on having fun and doing one’s best for the team.

Olympic athlete James Nolan while coaching basic motor and fitness skills in South Africa became passionate about this approach and its potential benefits to children, communities and the country. On returning to Ireland and completing a BSc degree in Sports Management at University College Dublin (UCD) James was made aware, by Eamonn Henry (Coordinator Offaly Sports Partnership), of the poor results achieved by children in the “2008 Baseline Agility Challenge Study of Primary School Children in Co. Offaly” and the need for an intervention to address this. From these discussions the FAST KIDS concept was born. Its realisation is being made possible through the support of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Offaly Sports Partnership.