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Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams at the launch of the association's new High Performance Strategic Plan 2022-2028. Photo by: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams at the launch of the association's new High Performance Strategic Plan 2022-2028. Photo by: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Rhasidat Adeleke is pipped by Phil Healy for the women’s 200m title at last year’s National Senior Championships. Photo by: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Rhasidat Adeleke is pipped by Phil Healy for the women’s 200m title at last year’s National Senior Championships. Photo by: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams at the launch of the association's new High Performance Strategic Plan 2022-2028. Photo by: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

One of the many challenges Hamish Adams faced when he took over as CEO of Athletics Ireland in 2018 was how to solve the historical problem of a lack of a professional coaching structure.

Sportspeople like to talk about controlling the controllables, and coach investment is in this category for athletics administrators. Irish athletics has been largely living off a system where top athletes get funding from a carding scheme but their individual coaches don’t get any.


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