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Top Olympic Athletics Coach to Share Knowledge through Practical Workshop


Mayo Sports Partnership Legendary American athletics coach to give insight into Preparation of Top Athletes

A 70 year-old Co. Mayo man, who has coached 26 Olympic athletes in a glorious athletics career stretching over four decades, is to give an insight into preparation of top athletes in an informative and practical seminar.

John McDonnell, the retired head coach of Arkansas University, will speak on “ Preparing a successful Athlete” in Breaffy House Hotel on Thursday 10th December at 8pm.

Mr McDonnell, who is now holidaying in his native Crossmolina and has just being recognized in the Mayo People of the Year Awards is regarded as one of America’s finest ever coaches.

In total, he has been named national, regional or conference coach of the year a whopping 140 times.

“ Following last years years successful seminar we are delighted that John has agreed to share his wide experience again with the sporting public in the region. This year he will particularly focus on the practical side in the preparation of athletes” said Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

Following an introductory talk John will utilize the fantastic indoor running track of the Breaffy Sports Hotel to demonstrate his hugely successful techniques. The chance to see such a highly respected coach in action is sure to attract people of all sporting persuasions to the Breaffy facility.

The seminar, facilitated by Mayo Sports Partnership in association with Mayo County Council, will take place in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, at 8pm. There is no charge but as places are limited please contact the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025 or email: [email protected] to confirm your attendence.