STEPHEN Maguire’s remarkable 2017 got even better on Thursday evening when he was named the High Performance Coach of the Year, alongside his British Athletics relay team colleagues Benke Blomkvist and Christian Malcom, at the 20th annual UK Coaching Awards.
The Strabane man is British Athletics’ head of power – sprints and sprint hurdles, and he led the men’s and ladies 4×100 metres and 4×400 metres teams to unparalleled success at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London in August.
His men’s 4×100 metres team claimed a first ever World Championship gold, the ladies 4×100 metres and 4×400 metres teams both sealed silver and the men’s 4×400 metres team won bronze and because of those successes he and his coaching colleagues received the prestigious honour.
At the event, which was hosted by Denise Lewis at The Honourable Artillery Company, Maguire said: “We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of the whole team effort that resulted in relay success at the World Championships in London.
“In particular we would like to thank each of the individual athletes and their personal coaches for their support of the relay programme along with the support staff, and the wider team.”
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