Committee Role Vacancy

We are currently seeking a suitable candidate to fill the Head of Competition position on the Boccia Ireland executive sub-committee. This is an extremely exciting time for Boccia Ireland as we aim to become an independent national governing body for the sport, by 2021. If you would like to know more about the role please click on the link below.

Head of Competitions Role Description

Who we are

Chris Siddell

Chairperson

Chris currently works for Cricket Ireland as Operations Manager for the Senior Men’s Team and has held this position since 2014 and until recently he sat on the selection panel for the Women’s National Cricket team. Previous experience includes Cricket Development Officer, Club and Coach Development Officer and a Second Level PE teacher. Chris studied BA (Hons) Sport Health and Exercise at university level and has remained enthusiastic and active within the sports industry ever since. Other qualifications and achievements include the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, ECB Level 2 Cricket Coach & British Gymnastics Level 2 Trampoline Coach, amongst many others. Chris’s vast amount of experience and knowledge will be instrumental in the development of Boccia Ireland in the coming years.

Lyndsey Rankin

Boccia Development Manager

Lyndsey currently holds two part-time the positions, Boccia Development Manager and Administrator, for Paralympics Ireland. Lyndsey first got involved with Paralympics Ireland in 2011, through her student placement during her time in college at WIT; where she completed a BA (Hons) in Exercise & Health Studies. Her placement was well timed as it was just in the lead up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Lyndsey assisted with Team Irelands’ preparations prior to and during the holding camp in Portugal and had a volunteer role, in London, for the duration of the Games. During her placement she was involved in the organisation of several high performance training camps where she first developed a love for boccia. This was enhanced at the holding camp where she assisted the athletes in their training sessions and final preparations for London 2012. Lyndsey took up the position of Boccia Development Manager in April 2016 with the main aim of developing an autonomous national governing body for the sport by 2021.

Gary Stewart

Head of Coaching

Gary currently holds the position of Sports Programme Manager at the National Sports Campus in Dublin. He initially entered the sports industry through his BA (Hons) in Coach Education & Participation Development and continued his professional development with a certificate in Management and Leadership from DIT. Gary is the joint founder & owner of, ‘Onside Sports Coaching’ through which he delivered sustainable sport & PE to over 17,500 children in his home county of Cumbria, England.
During this time he was also developing the first ever Copeland Inclusive Sports Network, while working as Sports Development Officer for Copeland Borough Council. Gary has completed a variety of other trainings and courses in sports tutoring, inclusive training, and code of ethics. He has obtained level 1 coaching certificates in a variety of sports and has previously completed boccia specific training. He has also successfully held several volunteer committee roles before. Gary is currently the Head of Cricket at Malahide Cricket Club. His experience and knowledge are evident and will be of enormous value to the development of Boccia Ireland's coach development.

Padraic Moran

Head of Fundraising

Padraic is currently completing a BA in Communication Studies at DCU and works as a Service Specialist for Sky Ireland. Through working with Sky he has become a Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete mentor; this role allows him to be an active advocate for inclusive sport.
Padraic has been playing Boccia for the past 20 years, has competed at two Paralympic Games (Beijing 2008 & London 2012) and took the title of World Champion in 2010. Padraic’s desire to see the sport reach its full potential along with his character, clear passion and determination together with his communication and persuasion skills will be influential in securing financial resources to allow boccia grow in Ireland.

Patrick Kelly

Player Representative

Patrick, known as Padge, was introduced to boccia after the London 2012 Paralympic Games and became hooked following his first session. He is now Ireland’s top ranked BC3 athlete on the BISFed world ranking list. Although his own focus is on elite level his mission is to ensure that it is all inclusive and that every player from grassroots to international level has an equal say on the future of Boccia in Ireland. He respects the fact that there are always going to be differences of opinion but as an athlete representative presents all views in an objective manner on behalf of the players. Padge is currently completing a BSc (Hons) Natural Science (Physics); he is a founding member and secretary of PK Boccia Club and is on the Committee for Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims. Should you have any athlete issues you want to raise please contact Padge at padge222@gmail.com

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