A night full of Stars!
Last night St. Mary’s Football Stadium once again played host to the annual Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Sports Awards, proudly run and hosted by Hampshire County Council and Sport Hampshire & IOW.
More than 300 people from sports clubs around the county and the Isle of Wight turned out to recognise the individual and collective achievements of some of the counties most bright sporting stars.
Amongst the 17 different categories coaching was represented by six nominees across two categories. In the Participation Coach of the Year category nominees included: –
- Barry Alldrick (Swimming)
- Andrea Merritt (Swimming)
- Emma West (Gymnastics)
In the Performance Coach of the Year catergory the nominees were: –
- Bryan Andrews (Martial Arts)
- Julian Such (Gymnastics)
- Anne Bidmead (Gymnastics)
As is the norm the competition was stiff but everyone agreed that both Andrea (participation) and Anne (performance) were deserving winners and did a great job of representing female coaches across the county. Both winners were awarded trophies and a voucher (sponsored by COACHING HAMPSHIRE & IOW) towards thier continuing self-impovement in coaching.
After the obligatory post-presentation photo call, Coaching Development Manager, CJ Lee, commented:
It’s a real pleasure for us to be supporting two of the counties exceptional coaches in two very different categories, but of equal importance, to the development of potential talent and performance athletes.
Following the event we briefly spoke to Anne about how they got into coaching and what motivates them to keep going.
My daughter was up a fence at 18 months so I looked for a gymnastics club for her to join and I decided to help out for a term. A few years on, I’ve stayed as the kids are the drivers, sounds like a cliché but I wanted to get the kids off the streets and train quality coaches to support the kids. We have 2,300 kids coming to club sessions every week but there are more who we can reach to, helping them make a lifestyle change. I’d like to thank Basingstoke & Deane BC who are so supportive and proactive to help us achieve so much.
We plan a series of more indepth interviews with a number of the shortlisted coaches, so watch this space or catch a copy of INSIDE COACHING to learn more about this years nominees and winners.