Coaches

Our certified coaches guide you through specialised programs. They teach you technical skills and make sure that you achieve to your goals.

Check out the Bios for the people that make us who we are…. and you as well.

All of our coaches are experienced and knowledgeable in their fields, with our senior coaches holding degrees and years of specialised training and coaching experience.
All coaches are safeguarding trained and vetted, as well as continually upskilling to ensure the highest possible standards within our club.

  • Neil Dougan

    MSc S&C, CSCS, IWF, IRB S&C, L3PT
    Neil is the head coach over all sports in Asylum. He ensures the highest standards of coaching and athletic development within the club. If...
  • Michelle Finlay

    BWL, WI, PGCE, MSc
    Head of youth development and experienced international weightlifter Michelle is our senior youth coach, taking all intermediate classes to...
  • Claire McLarnon

    CPR/AED, Assistant coach
    Claire leads the fundamentals and development of our youngest participants at Asylum. Join her for learning through play, skill based movements...
  • Samantha Aston

    CPR/AED, IPF
    Sam is the head honcho of powerlifting, taking over the clubs development as head coach in late 2019, and rolling our a new club development...
  • James Small

    WI L2, BSc
    James is a former international competitor, and a great technical coach. He holds a bachelors degree from Loughborough university, as well...
  • Adam Johnson

    CPR/AED, Assistant coach
    Adam is an outstanding powerlifter and coach, who’s also been involved in the development of club rugby for Donaghadee youth rugby for...
  • Sarah Gilbert

    CPR/AED, Assistant coach
    Sarah brings her gymnastics background to our coaching team, working with our youth squads. She provides an outstanding experience for our...
  • Suzy McElwaine

    CPR/AED, Assistant coach
    Suzy has spent decades in sport, teaching young children and adults how to ride horses. Coming into weightlifting as a masters competitor,...
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