Coach Profiles

Lewis Clow
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach
AAAC Development Level 2

Lewis coaches a group of secondary school age athletes at the club in sprints.

Lewis is a T37 parathlete and competed for Scotland in the 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Nichola Crawford
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach
AAAC Development Level 1

Nichola co-coaches a group of young endurance athletes within the club and is the lead coach at the AAAC Albyn satellite group.

Mark Davidson
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development level 2

Mark co-coaches a training group of multi event athletes at the club.

Mark has been with the club since 1978. He is currently Club President. Mark was part of the Scotland Team at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland where he competed in the 400m hurdles, the  4 x 400m relay and the 4 x 400m relay, where the team won a silver medal.

Mark was a selection for GB U23 teams and the GB team for the 1991 World Student Games in Sheffield.

Robert Dickson
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Level 2 Performance Coach
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development Level 1

Bob joined the club when his daughter joined in the late 1990s.  Bob coaches distance runners at the club who participate in Parkrun events, road races–5k to marathon distances–and hill races.  He also has a hurdles group for developing athletes.  Bob is a keen marathoner, having recently completed both the Inverness and London marathons.

Marie Dobson
Coaching qualification: Level 2 coach and Level 3 NVQ Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise – Gym

Marie leads a number of older athletes in physical preparation.

Michael Ferguson
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Coaching Qualification: Athletics Coach

AAAC Development Level 2

AAAC Development Level 1

Michael co-coaches a group of secondary school athletes in sprinting and long jump at the club. He represented Scotland at the 2017 International Cross Country at Edinburgh. He has also ran for Scotland at the Celtic Games and was the Celtic Nations U23 champion in 2017.

Frank Gauld
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Coach Qualifications : UKA Level 3 Event Group (Sprints and Hurdles)
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development level 1

Specialisation : Sprints and Hurdles from beginners and development age athletes through to senior national standard.

Posts Held : Past Aberdeen AAC Vice President and Ordinary Committee member for many years and presently an Honorary Member.

Personal Achievements : Scottish Masters M45 400m Champion 2000. Held current and past club records in 200m, 300m, 400m Indoor and Outdoors. Coached a sprint hurdler to Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011 and coached athletes to national medals and to international level.

Ambitions : To develop a hard-working, technically proficient, committed sprinters and hurdlers who have the potential, determination, confidence, motivation and capability of competing successfully at national and international level.
To continue to learn and develop as a coach through self-reflection and taking external advice to assist with improving my areas of weakness.

Sporting Icons : Athletes David Bedford, Seb Coe, Sally Pearson, Jess Ennis, Paula Radcliffe, Liz McGolgan

Personal Advice/ Tip : I believe that athletics at all levels should be enjoyable to all participants. I see my job as coach to help athletes achieve their ambitions but the drive to succeed must come from within the athletes themselves.

It doesn’t matter how ‘talented’ an athlete is, they must also have an in-built desire to continue to listen to advice, to learn their sport, have a thirst for hard work, the drive to be the very best they can be and the courage to carry it out.

Athletes develop at different rates so early ‘success’ is no guarantee of high achievement at a later stage just as a lack of success early on can be no clear indicator of success potential in later years.

Roisin Harrison
Coaching Qualification: Athletics Coach

Roisin coaches at the Kids At ASV athletics sessions. She is a sprinter and represented Ireland in the 4 x 100m relay at the European U20 Championships in 2015. She was the Irish U16 100m and 200m champion.

Liz Hewitson
Event Group Coach – Jumps
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development Level 1

Liz coaches a number of different age groups at the club, from 12 years old to masters.  A number are Scottish Age Group champions and have represented Scotland at school and university level.

Joyce Hogg
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Qualification UK Athletics Level 4 Performance Coach in Middle Distance and High Jump
AAAC Development Level 3

Specialisation : Middle Distance
Posts Held : Coach and Coaching Coordinator
Joyce was always interested in Athletics, and got caught in Road running during the boom in the 80s. In 1986 when Aberdeen AAC were looking for coaches she thought that she would like to be involved. Her main interest in T&F was distance running and when she reached veteran age she competed in Scottish and British Masters Championships to experience the events she would like to coach.

She gets so much satisfaction when athletes achieve PBs knowing that she has played a part in this. There is a great enjoyment of being involved with a group of motivated athletes, young and not so young. There is also the knowledge that she has played a part in the lifestyle development of young athletes.
Over the years she and Ken have coached many athletes to Scottish and British Medals at age group, senior and masters championships. Highlights are when Laura Mahady won European and World Masters Titles and a World record, Rhona Auckland’s progress from competing for GB at European Junior Cross Country to European U23 Cross Country and Track and Field Championships to Senior European Cup 10,000m and World Cross Country Championships. The excitement being present when she won the European U23 Cross Country Championships and the Silver medal in the 10,000m at the European U23 Championships was incredible.
Having been coaching for 30 years now she has so many memories of athletes, not only their successes but their foibles and varying personalities. She has learnt from each athlete, resulting in her becoming a better coach to each generation of athletes. No day passes without recollecting a story of one or other of the many athletes she has worked with.
She would love to coach an athlete selected for a Commonwealth Games or GB selection and Rhona Auckland, Kelsey Stewart and Michael Ferguson are currently aspiring to this and she hopes they will be successful.
There is no magic session or training plan but successes come from athlete commitment and coach support. Schedules follow a pattern of easy days following hard days, rest day Friday and long run on Sunday, bearing in mind that every athlete is different.
In her spare time she like to be out in the garden.

Ken Hogg
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Athletics Qualifications : UK Athletics Level 4 Performance Coach in Middle & Long Distance, Steeplechase and 400m Hurdles.
AAAC Development Level 3

Specialisation : Middle & Long Distance, Steeplechase and 400m Hurdles.

Posts Held : Coach

Personal Achievements : As a Masters athlete he has PBs of

• 800m 2m08.8
• 1500m 4m20.7
• 10,000m 34m51.4
• Half Marathon 72m27
• Marathon 2h40m.07

He has worked with groups of endurance athletes since1986 and has had a variety of successful athletes, winning medals at Scottish and British Championships, many representing Scotland in Cross Country and Track events. More recently he has been coaching jointly with Joyce, his wife, and they have coached Laura Mahady, a Masters Athlete, to European and World titles and Rhona Auckland who represented Great Britain at the European Junior and U23 Cross Country Championships, winning a team medals and in 2014 she was the European U23 Cross Country Champion. These performances led to her selection for the World Cross Country Championships at senior level where she finished 19th, 2nd Briton and 3rd European. Track success followed with her winning the European U23 Silver medal for 10,000m, (after finishing 9th in 2013), and gold in the British 10,000m, British Universities Championships 5000m and British U23 5000m.
Throughout his coaching career he has encouraged athletes to attend events to gain higher competition opportunities, being a pathway to fulfilling their potential. He believes in supporting athletes at these events and has travelled extensively throughout Britain and Europe gaining knowledge and experience which then cascades to the other athletes.
Coaches and athletes develop together and Ken has attended courses and Conferences to keep abreast of athletic development.
Over the years the group has evolved from a Junior group to a Senior group with many athletes aspiring to perform at the highest level and be selected for GB teams. The current group has athletes who have achieved performances ranking them in the Top 10 All Time in the club. Kelsey Stewart has recently represented GB Juniors at the Loughborough International and European Junior Championships.
There has been recognition of these successes leading to several local and national coaching awards.

Ambitions: To enable athletes to reach their full potential as seniors through long term athlete development.

Personal Advice/Tip: To have short and long term targets and plan accordingly.

James Joy
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Athletics Qualifications: UKA Level 2 Endurance
AAAC Children’s Sessions

Specialisation: General coaching for beginners

Posts Held: Men’s Cross Country Captain

Personal Achievements: Various achievements in middle distance track and cross country, including medals at Scottish Schools and Scottish National Championships; Scottish representation at the British Schools International 2008; Scottish U23 800m Champion 2010.

Ambitions: As an individual athlete I plan to break the AAAC 800m record. As a coach, I try to help others gain as much as they can from the sport and do what I can to help facilitate that opportunity.

Sporting Icons: Mo Farah, Seb Coe, Bradley Wiggins, Kelly Holmes, all the classic Brits.

Personal Advice: Stick at it! It takes a lot of time and practice to get it right, just don’t give it up when the potential’s still there.

Paul Kelly
Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach
AAAC Development Level 3

Paul is an endurance coach at the club co-coaching a training group of student and senior age group athletes who compete at national and international level.  Paul is greatly involved with the running club at his local primary school.

Kenny Lyon
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach and pole vault
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development Level 1

Kenny coaches Combined Event athletes at the club.

Kenny joined the club in 1973 starting as a cross country runner before taking up combined events.  He competes in Decathlon, long jump and triple jump at Masters level at Scottish, British and World Championships.

Kenny holds a number of club Veteran records.

Eoghan Macnamara
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Event Group – Sprints & Hurdles
AAAC Development Level 3

Eoghan takes a sprints group for university students at the club.

He was President of Aberdeen University Athletic Club and regularly competed for them in distance running.  He represented Scottish Universities in the 800m in 2016.

Kathleen Madigan
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Event Group – Sprints & Hurdles, Throws, Jumps
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development Level 1

Kathleen coaches shot put, javelin, discus, hammer and sprinting at the club.

Kathleen joined the club as a 9 year old, after her dad spotted she was a promising sprinter.

Trevor Madigan
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Level 2 Sprints and Hurdles Coach
AAAC Development Level 3

Trevor has been involved with AAAC since his daughter took up athletics over 30 years ago. He has held many roles at the club including Club President.  His training group consist of athletes specialising in short and long sprints.  Trevor was awarded the 2014 Sportscotland Grampian Performance Coach of the Year and 2014 Disability Coach of the Year due to his work with disabled athletes, including Lewis Clow a category T37 sprinter who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He regularly competes in the Scottish and British Masters Track and Field Championships, and is the current British High Jump champion, and heads both High Jump and Long Jump in the British rankings, in his age group for 2016.

Bob Masson
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Level 3 Performance Coach; Level 3  Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot put, Discus
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2

Bob coaches several Combined Event athletes in the club.

Bob has been with the club over 40 years joining around 1972, the first year the Scottish League started.  He has competed for the club in the Mens League every year since 1972 til 2016 and has competed in every athletic event that is on an Olympic Mens Programme.

Bob was the coach of club members Duncan Mathieson and Mark Davidson who represented Scotland in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland both in the 4 x 400m relay.  Mark also ran in the 400m hurdles and Duncan the heptathlon.  He occasionally advises Fiona Davidson, World Masters Champion in triple jump in 2015.

He still competes and holds many of the club veteran records for throwing events and pole vault. He has been ranked No.1 in Britain for his age in pole vault on several occasions and won the decathlon for his age group at the British Masters in 2007.

Bob was on the Committee for 40 years and was club Vice President.

Miller Mathieson
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Level 3 Performance Coach; Level 3 combined Events High jump, Endurance, Speed, Jumps, Throws
AAAC Development Level 3
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development Level 1

Miller coaches athletes in a number of events.

Miller has been involved with the club since 1975 when all his family joined.  He was President for a substantial period and also spent a number of years as the ladies team manager.

He has been captain of the Scotland Pentathlon ladies team.

John McGregor
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach
AAAC Development Level 1

John joined the coaching team when his son started training with the club.  John co-coaches a group of young endurance athletes within the club.

Edward McKenna
Coaching qualification: Level 3 Performance Coach
AAAC Development Level 3

Eddie is a sprints coach at the club, coaching a group of student and senior age group athletes. He is a former GB Paralympic Coach (Beijing 2008) and coached visually impaired Paralympic sprinter Neil Fachie.

He currently coaches Zoey Clark, 2017 world silver medallist in the women’s 4 x 400m who has been selected for Team Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Eddie was Aberdeen Sports Award Coach of the Year 2017.

Eddie McKenzie
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Level 2 Throws

Eddie coaches at the AAAC Huntly Satellite Club.  He has been with the club since he was a child and is the current Club Treasurer.

A keen Masters athlete, he holds many of the club records at veteran level for field events.  He regularly competes in the World, British and Scottish Masters competitions. He has been double European champion in hammer and shot put and played for Scotland and Great Britain at American Football.

Steven Murray
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Coaching qualification: Event Group coach (Sprints & Hurdles)
AAAC Development Level 2
AAAC Development Level 1

Steven coaches a group of secondary school age athletes at the club in sprints and long jumps.  He also coaches at the Kids at ASV children’s athletics sessions.

He is an athlete at the club, regularly competing in cross country and road races. He is also part of the Aberdeen University Athletics Club.

Hannah Mutch
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Coaching Qualification: Athletics Coach

Hannah is an endurance athlete at the club and has been first female at the Aberdeen Beach Parkrun over 40 times. She coaches at the Kids At ASV athletics sessions and with Active Schools.

Hannah is also an accomplished bagpipe player.

Kelsey Stewart
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach

Kelsey coaches at the Kids at ASV children’s athletics sessions.

Kelsey is an athlete at the club and was selected for the Great Britain 4 x 400m European Under 23 Championships in 2017. She has been selected for Team Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Malcolm Stone
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Event Group Endurance
AAAC Development Level 3

Malcolm coaches a group of secondary school age athletes in endurance at the club.  He is a keen hill runner.

Rachel Watson
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Coaching qualification: Athletics Coach
AAAC Children’s Sessions

Rachel is one of the coaches leading the children’s training sessions at the club.  She is also an Active Schools coach and coaches at the Kids at ASV children’s athletics sessions.  She has competed for the East of Scotland in cross country events.

Ruth Watson
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Event Group Sprints & Hurdles, Level 2 Endurance
AAAC Development level 1

Ruth coaches athletes in short sprints, long sprints and endurance at the club.

AAAC Inverurie Satellite Club

Coach at Kids@ASV and Active Schools Partnership sessions.

Ruth has been involved with athletics for over 15 years, starting as a parent volunteer then coach at Haddington Running Club and Team East Lothian. She moved to AAAC in 2015. Ruth regularly competes in 100m and shot put and has won several Scottish Masters Championships for her age group.

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