November 27, 2019

Kieran Carr scoops Innovation Award at the prestigious UK Sport PLx Awards

The inaugural UK Sport's PLx awards dinner took place last night (26 November) at the Principal Hotel in Manchester.

The purpose of the awards is to recognise the individuals, teams and sports who have made a significant contribution to the GB High Performance system. The Innovation Award recognises the importance of innovation in enabling significant improvements in High Performance Sport.


Archery GB's Paralympic Technician, Kieran Carr has played a crucial role in challenging the thinking and assumptions in driving improvements in Para Archery. Kieran's ability to turn creative ideas into real value on the field of play, allows athletes to compete with bespoke equipment designed for them.


UK Sport's spokesperson commented: "For this award there was a clear outstanding winner and the judging panel decided not to shortlist.” A testament to the crucial work Kieran is doing.


Kieran has also been using his expertise in adapting equipment to educate coaches around the UK and internationally. Kieran is part of a small team of experts who are leading the education of coaches in adapting equipment for para athletes in Africa. In collaboration with UK Sport and World Archery, Archery GB is working with African member Associations to ensure more African countries are represented at the 2024 and 2028 Paralympic Games. The aim of the seminars are to give delegates the confidence to teach and coach archery to people of all abilities, which includes how to make adaptions to equipment to help overcome any disability.


The full list of winners can be found below:

Biggest turnaround or breakthrough in High Performance Sport 

  • Jan Bartu - Modern Pentathlon

Coach who has made a special impact on High Performance in a sport

  • Tracey Neville MBE- Netball

Support Staff/ Practitioner from any specialism who has made a special impact on High Performance

  • Olly Logan - Swimming

Innovation Award - Innovation which has made a significant improvement in High Performance Sport 

  • Kieran Carr - Para-archery

Collaboration and Team Working - Best practice from a sport demonstrating impact in improving High Performing Sport performance

  • Loughborough National Centre Team - British Swimming

Social Impact Award - Sport, Staff or Athlete that has positively impacted on their Community

  • Eilidh Gibson - Canoeing

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