Job Opportunity – High Performance Para-cycling Development Coach


Cycling Ireland are inviting applications for the new role of High Performance Para-cycling Development Coach.

The role, co-funded by and in partnership with Paralympics Ireland, aims to strengthen our High Performance (HP) Pathway for aspiring riders to reach elite Championship level competitiveness in the Los Angeles Paralympic Cycle and beyond.

The successful candidate will work with the Head Coach, National Para-cycling Coach and Cycling Ireland Para-cycling Commission in the delivery and strategic leadership of the “Perform” aspects of our 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. A key aspect of which, is the establishment of sustainable structures and systems specific to Olympic and Paralympic Programmes.

The new Para-cycling Development Coach will lead the development and delivery of an inspirational HP pathway programme, from participant or talent ID entry point through to senior elite competitiveness on the world stage and athletes becoming Carded on our elite programme.

The full job description, including details on the role responsibilities, requirements and essential skills and responsibilities can be found here.

Cycling Ireland High Performance Director, Iain Dyer, said:

“The pathways in both able-bodied and para-cycling are critically important for us, not only in the High Performance Unit, but also Cycling Ireland on a wider scale. The connection between our emerging High Performance Pathways and the wider participation and development aspects via clubs, regions and commissions is central to building a large, healthy base of young riders in the sport. Whilst we recognise that from a High Performance perspective, the athlete cohort will always be comparatively small compared to the amount of racing licence holders, it’s important that we offer a visible High Performance Pathway for both para and able-bodied riders that have the potential and the aspiration to become the best in the world.”

“With the recent appointment of Michael Black to lead on the High Performance Pathway for the Olympics side of things, it was essential that we create parallel opportunities and a pathway for emerging or Talent ID para-cyclists also. We are proud to be a leading para sport in Ireland, and the Cycling Ireland Para-cycling Commission do a great job signposting and bringing newcomers in to the sport. However, without a full-time professional coach operating in the pathway space, the jump towards Paralympics success is large and not easy to navigate.”

“We envisage this new post, which is co-funded with Paralympics Ireland, can work closely with the Commission, and our National Paracycling Coach and High Performance Unit staff in developing an effective High Performance Pathway for para-cyclists that have the potential to be competing in the 2028 Los Angeles Paralympic Games and beyond.”

Applications to include current CV and cover letter should be sent to myra.mcglynn@cyclingireland.ie on or before COB 23rd October, 2023.

If potential applicants would like to have an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact High Performance Director, Iain Dyer, at iain.dyer@cyclingireland.ie, or Head Coach, Neill Delahaye, at neill.delahaye@cyclingireland.ie.

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