sportscotland Coaching Officiating and Volunteering Awards 2013
sportscotland wants the coaching system in Scotland to be world class. We want coaches in Scotland to be appreciated and valued by more people throughout the country and are fully committed to recognising and rewarding our coaches hard work, dedication and success.
The sportscotland Coaching Awards were launched in 2010 with 6 different categories, and last year the awards were renamed to reflect the addition of three new categories from officiating and volunteering.
We are delighted to be able to annouce our 2013 sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Award winners and extend a huge congratulations to them all. Read about each winner below and check back soon for more details on their fantastic work!
Young person's coach of the year
Norma Conroy has been volunteering four times a week for the past three years, coaching basketball at Dunbar Grammar school. Working with 6-15 year olds, participation levels have grown significantly to approximately 50 children taking part in sport. Her U14 girls qualified for the final of the Scottish Schools Cup and U13 and U15 for the semi-finals. Norma is also heavily involved in fundraising and administration for the Dunbar Dragons Basketball Club throughout the year. More info on Norma's achievements coming soon.
Community coach of the year
James O’Brien has been actively coaching for the past eight years and founded Whiteacres Community Academy two years ago, which offers the community access to multiple sports including football, basketball, dodgeball and badminton. James has also been instrumental in setting up development sessions for children with disabilities and learning difficulties that have been open to wider areas of Glasgow. The outstanding work that James has been involved in has made an impact on hundreds of children’s lives on a weekly basis. More info on James' achievements coming soon.
Development coach of the year
Margaret Kerr is a passionate and dedicated coach at Saltire Gymnastics Club in East Lothian, where she helps oversee the growth and development of emerging talent. Encouraging more boys to join the club has led to the formation of the Saltire Primary Boys Team who swept to 1st place in the Northern Open Championships this year and 2nd in the British Championships under Margaret's leadership. She dedicates six days of her week to the club and is widely respected and loved. More info on Margaret's achievements coming soon.
Performance coach of the year
Claire Morrison has worked for 11 years as a Boccia coach and has been integral to the coaching landscape in Scotland, working with athletes and teams at the highest levels of the sport. She was part of the coaching team that helped the GB squad to 4th place at the London 2012 Paralympics and the team's most successful GB performance to date at the Boccia European Championships, while still maintaining her voluntary position as Scottish National Coach. More info on Claire's achievements coming soon.
Young coach of the year
Stacey MacDonald has made an outstanding contribution to basketball in Glasgow where she has the role of U14 boys head coach and Junior Development Co-Ordinator for Glasgow Fever U8, U10 and U12. Achievements over the past four years include Glasgow Rocks U14 being crowned national champions and Glasgow Fever U10 team competing in a regional competition for the first time. More info on Stacey’s achievements coming soon.
Disability coach of the year
John Szaranek is head coach at Carnegie Swimming Club and leads swimmers in Fife with a physical, sensory or learning disability to train and gain opportunities alongside the high performance swimmers of the club. Highly respected and successful as a coach, many club disability swimmers have achieved huge successes, such as Lucy Walkup setting new British records in Bulgaria at the Deaflympics. The athletes, teams and club itself is reaping rewards from John's inclusive and open principles and mindset. More info on John's achievements coming soon.
Technical official of the year
Brian McDougall has been involved in volleyball for 28 years, first as a player and now as a referee. Having travelled the world to gain the experience of officiating at top level matches, Brian achieved his dream this year of refereeing at the London 2012 Olympics. Brian also volunteers in his free time at his local community volleyball club, whilst also volunteering for the Scottish Volleyball Association, appointing referees to the national leagues for men and women. In addition, Brian is an active member of the SVA referees commission. More info on Brian's achivements coming soon.
Volunteer of the year
Catriona Lessani has been involved in volunteering for an impressive 33 years and commits over 30 hours a week to Sapphire Gymnastics Club based in Bargeddie in Glasgow. Involved in the club in many guises, from chairperson to day-to-day running, Catriona has worked hard to make the club what it is today, growing from four gymnasts in September 2010 to now over 150 members. More info on Catriona's achievments coming soon!
Young volunteer of the year
Gareth Scott has devoted well over 400 hours of his own time to volunteering at Johnstone High and within the community over the past year across multiple sports. He leads badminton, hockey, athletics and Olympic clubs at the school whilst also assisting with Paisley Piranhas and Fit for School Sport Club. Gareth has been involved in the Young Ambassador programme having been recognised for his work encouraging children to participate in sport and promote the positive values of sport. More info on Gareth's achievements coming soon!