In The Picture — 14 February 2022

Coaching the Female Athlete


Coaching the female athlete webinar


St Mary’s Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, Dr Elaine McLaughlin, will deliver the following webinar.

Coaching the Female Athlete
Thursday, 17 February at 7:00 pm
Online vis Microsoft Teams

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Elaine attended St Mary’s University College graduating with a BEd specialising in PE. She completed a PhD at the University of Ulster in children’s physical activity and health using sports specific performance analysis tools.

Elaine then returned to St Mary’s to her current position of Senior Lecturer. She teaches PE to student teachers, students following the Liberal Arts pathways and Masters students. Additionally, she promotes all sport and is an advisor of studies.

Elaine gained fifty caps representing Northern Ireland in netball. She plays for league champions, Belfast Ladies, and has coached club, university and regional levels successfully.

She was appointed head coach to the Northern Ireland team in 2008. In this time the team moved from 19th to an all-time high of 11th in the world rankings, reaching the quarter finals in world championships, winning the Nations Cup and World European Qualifiers. Due to the increased world rankings, Northern Ireland received Sport NI funding for a high performance coach, allowing Elaine to step down so she could concentrate on work, limited playing time and her family.