Coaching Hall of Fame nominationsSubscribe
Rob Burgess 27 September 2001
SPORTS ACROSS the UK have just two more weeks to submit nominations for coaches to be considered for induction into the Coaching Hall of Fame. Successful candidates will be inducted at a ceremony in London in December, which will include the presentations of the prestigious Mussabini Medal and Dyson Award.
Last year’s ceremony saw Olympic medallists Matthew Pinsent, Steph Cook and Kate Allenby on hand to congratulate their coaches Jurgen Grobler, Istvan Nemeth and Jan Bartu. All three collected the Mussabini Medal for their contributions to the success of their athletes at the Sydney Olympics.
John Stevens, Chief Executive of sports coach UK which organises the awards, explains: "These two awards are presented to coaches who are at the pinnacle of their coaching careers, and recognise the outstanding achievements that these people have made, not only to their individual sports, but to UK sport in general.
"The Mussabini Medal celebrates the contribution of coaches of UK performers who have achieved outstanding success on the world stage. The Dyson Award is for individuals who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the development and management of coaching and individual coaches in the UK.
"There is no limit to the number of separate nominations that can be made by any one organisation or individual. Coaches may even nominate themselves as long as they have the appropriate endorsement from their national governing body."
Reg Hatch, Coaching Co-ordinator at the UK Sports Institute, commented: "It’s important to recognise the role of the coach. None of them will have expected a comfortable ride in their vocation – it’s a difficult job. Every coach appreciates what every other coach is doing so good luck to all. It will be a well-presented and worthwhile event."
The ceremony takes place at the Café Royal in London on Thursday December 6, and will be attended by HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of sports coach UK, and Minister for Sport Richard Caborn.