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Local Athletics coach passes away

17 November 2015

The Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey, along with the entire world of athletics, has been left saddened by the death of legendary coach, Sean Kyle.

Sean, aged 88, was the husband of Maeve Kyle and together they set up the successful Ballymena and Antrim Athletics Club, based at Antrim Forum, back in 1955.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg expressed his condolences following the announcement; “I was saddened to hear of the death of Sean Kyle who was, and will forever remain, a stalwart of the local sporting community. Sean, along with his wife Maeve, were instrumental in the development of the athletics track at Antrim Forum which opened in 1980 and has hosted many prestigious international events. Sean will be greatly missed within Ballymena and Antrim Athletics Club but there is no doubt that his influence will continue to live on in those who were fortunate to have been coached by him”.

Granted with many prestigious accolades including Northern Ireland Coach of the Year, UK Coach of the Year and the highly prestigious Master Coach, Sean nurtured many athletes to Commonwealth, World, European and International level including Olympic pentathlon champion, Dame Mary Peters. 

In recognition of their contribution to the sport of Athletics within the Borough, Sean and Maeve were inducted into the Council’s Gallery of Sporting Legends at Antrim Forum in 2012.

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