Committee and Coaches

Aberdeen AAC Committee and Coaching Team

Committee Members

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    Mark Davidson
    President

    Club President
    Mark joined the club in the summer of 1978, days after competing at the Aberdeen Primary School Sports. A week later he was competing in Dundee for the club. He continued to be an integral part of the boys team for 8 years right through to U17 where he got his first national vest as part of the Scottish Schools teams where he ran the 400m.

    However it was not until the summer of 1989 that Mark began to show his full potential. That was the year where he started to focus on the 400m hurdles, which ultimately became his primary event. He broke the Scottish record for 400m hurdles that summer, setting a time of 50.79, still the AAAC record and at the same time qualifying for the 1990 Commonwealth Games. That same summer Mark set the club records in the 100m(10.50) and the 200m(21.09). At the end of 1989 Mark was ranked 4th in the UK for the 400m hurdles and in the top 10 in the UK for 100m, 200m and 400m.

    Mark travelled to Auckland for the 1990 Commonwealth Games. He competed in the 400m hurdles, where he progressed to the semi finals. He also ran the last leg in the 4x100m where Scotland finished 5th in the final. However it was as the first leg of the 4x400m that Mark had the most success returning home with a silver medal.

    Mark continued his progress seeing selection for GB U23 teams and well as the GB team for the 1991 World Student Games in Sheffield.

    Mark has continued his long association with the club taking up team manager roles as his own children joined as well as coaching and officiating.

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    Brian Pahlmann
    Club Manager

    Brian brings to Aberdeen AAC varied experience working with volunteers, coaches, athletes, parents, and administrators, having held several leadership roles within his local running club, leading the training program for his town’s annual half marathon road race, managing a fitness gym, and as a sports medicine team member. In addition to his leadership experience, Brian has American qualifications in physical therapy and sports medicine, strength and conditioning, fitness, performance enhancement, and distance running.

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    Joyce Hogg
    Coaching Coordinator

    Qualification UK Athletics Level 4 Performance Coach in Middle Distance and High Jump

    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.

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    Ruth Watson
    Pathways Development Officer

    Athletics Qualifications: UKA Event Group Sprints & Hurdles, Level 2 Endurance
    Specialisation: Sprints and also Children’s Coach
    Posts Held: Since moving to Aberdeen in 2015 I have been appointed AAAC Pathways Development Officer
    Personal Achievements: At previous club coached U18/U20 National 200m, 300m & 400m Champion.
    Scottish Masters V45 100m Champion 2013 & 2014. Scottish Masters V50 shot putt Champion 2016.
    Ambitions: To have a world-class sprinting academy in Aberdeen
    Advice: To achieve success takes many years of effort, focus and determination. You need to give it your best but also remember to have fun along the journey.
    Sporting Icons: Michael Johnson, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Paula Radcliffe, Liz McColgan

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    James Joy
    Coach

    Athletics Qualifications: UKA Level 2 Endurance

    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.

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    Emma Williams
    Club Secretary

    Emma is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 for selling AAAC kit at ASV.

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    Kevin Ingram
    Committee Member

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    Carol Baverstock
    Committee Member

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    Stan Walker
    Vice President

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    Alan Dick
    Committee Member

Coaching Staff

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    Frank Gauld
    Coach

    Coach Qualifications : UKA Level 3 Event Group (Sprints and Hurdles) plus Conditioning work (Coach Licence No – 2664642)

    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.

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    Ken Hogg
    Coach

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

    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.

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    Joyce Hogg
    Coach

    Qualification UK Athletics Level 4 Performance Coach in Middle Distance and High Jump

    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.

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    James Joy
    Coach

    Athletics Qualifications: UKA Level 2 Endurance

    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.

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    Trevor Madigan
    Coach

    Level 2 Sprints and Hurdles Coach
    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.

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