SWIMMING GURUS TAKE TOP HONOURS AT WALES’ COACHING AWARDS

18 Nov 2004

· Female Coach of the Year – Women’s under 21 hockey coach Pam

· Richards (Wrexham)

· Volunteer Coach of the Year – Bill Darwin of Kinmel Bay Girls

· Football Club

· School Teacher Coach of the Year – Sarah Thomas of Hywel

Dda Junior School (Cardiff)

· Coach of the Year to Disabled Sportspeople – Jean Jones of Haverfordwest Gymnastics Club

Sports Minister Alun Pugh who made today’s presentations said:

"Good coaches inspire, motivate and encourage and it’s vital that we recognise the work of coaches at all levels. Dave Haller and Billy Pye have made huge contributions to a tremendous year for Welsh sport. They have both been instrumental in the success of swimming.

"It’s also highly important that we realise and value the contributions made by school teachers and volunteers as this is often an individual’s first contact with a sports coach."