Leeds Sports Awards nominee profile: Ady Hinchliffe
From athletes’ and coaches’ achievements on the global stage at the Olympics and Paralympics to the work done supporting school and student sport, there is plenty to shout about.
Among the finalists are six nominees with an affiliation to Leeds Beckett University.
Ahead of next month’s ceremony, organised by Sport Leeds, we will be profiling each of them.
Ady Hinchliffe, BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies 1994
Alumnus Ady has been nominated in the coach performance category after guiding Leeds divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears to Team GB’s first ever Olympic diving gold medal in the Men’s three metre synchronised springboard event in the Rio Olympics last summer.
Away from his Rio success, he has coached on the World Class stage for the past 19 years and has facilitated the achievement of four European medals, five World Junior medals, six European medals, seven Commonwealth medals and four World medals.
He is no stranger to award success, having won Performance Coach of the Year in 2014 at the Leeds Sports Awards.
He started diving for Leeds as an age group diver in 1984 and competed regionally, nationally and internationally for the club in his diving years. After retiring and moving south, Ady returned north to coach in Bradford with Andy Banks in 1989 to pursue his coaching career. He has been a Senior Diving Coach since graduating in 1994.
Ady will soon be taking up a new role as Head Coach with Australia Diving.