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NI announce assitant NWC coaches

Clare Winning and Deborah Bleakley will assist Northern Ireland Netball head coach Dan Ryan at the World Cup in Liverpool this summer.

Reunited again at National level, Winning and Bleakley bring a wealth of player and netball knowledge to the management team, both have worked with many of NI Netball athletes as they have transitioned through the school and club structure onto the National player pathway.

Winning is currently in her second term as head coach of the Northern Ireland U17 squad and also led Belfast Ladies Netball Club to success at first, seconds and third levels with a trophy haul that included the Premier Senior League, Senior One Senior League, Central Area Senior League, the Valerie Walsh Shield and the Ann Curran Shield.

Belfast Ladies’ accomplishments earned the title of Netball NI’s Club of the Year for 2017/18 and Winning received the Club Coach of the Year in the Sport NI Sportmaker awards.

She is excited about being part of the new NI management team:

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to learn from an amazing world class coach, contributing to igniting passion and motivating our team is what I’m most looking forward to, the team already has a contagious energy that will make Netball World Cup 2019 one to watch,” she said.

Bleakley makes a welcome return to the Northern Ireland coaching set up following a spell in the United States and is looking forward to getting back on court with the local athletes.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be reappointed as assistant coach at senior level, second time around is even more exciting for me on a personal level, I am looking forward to working with the best netball athletes in our country once again,” she said. “It is also a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from Dan as he makes his mark on the international stage.”

Ryan, who was appointed head coach in November, welcomed the appointment of his assistant coaches and the Australian is eager to see the team push on with their World Cup preparations.

“I’m thrilled to have Clare and Debbie on board and I’m really looking forward to working with them and building a really fresh, dynamic and positive coaching team together,” said Ryan.

“I’ve been really energised by their enthusiasm and passion to be involved in our program but also by their growth mindset to learn and evolve as coaches. I’m really confident they’ll add great value and make a significant contribution to bringing the vision we have for this team to life.”

The World Cup will take place from 12-21 July at Merseyside’s M&S Bank Arena.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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