Glenn strikes Gold!
Glenn Smith, Mansfield District Council's Swim Coach and Development Officer, took a gold medal of his own last night (Wednesday 17 December) as one of the winners at the UK Coaching Awards 2008 for his contribution to the swimming career of double Olympic Gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington.
Glenn, along with Linda Bennett, Rebecca's first swimming teacher at Sherwood Baths; Ian Negus, Sherwood Swimming Club coach and Bill Furniss, Notts County Council Head Coach and Swimming and Development Officer, who is Rebecca's current coach, were presented with the Coaching Chain: the Appreciation of Coaching Award by Dame Kelly Holmes at a prestigious ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane.
The delighted quartet were joined on stage by Rebecca at the ceremony, presented by sport broadcaster Steve Rider and attended by fellow Olympian, HRH The Princess Royal.
The award recognises the contributions made by a coaching throughout an athlete's life in helping them achieve their potential. It recognises the range of coaches involved in developing an athlete from their first involvement in sport, to the recognition of potential and nurturing of talent to those working with them at their highest level.
The ceremony was organised by sports coach UK: the National Coaching Federation.
Glenn is thrilled with the award: "I coached Rebecca during her early development years and could see then she had the potential to achieve at the very highest level in swimming."
"The coaching development scheme in Mansfield is a nationally recognised one and is held as an example of good practice in the area."
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, added: "In what has been an outstanding twelve months for sport in Mansfield, this award given to Glenn and his fellow coaches, Linda Bennett, Ian Negus and Bill Furniss, is a perfect way to round off the year and I send my heartfelt congratulations to them all."
"Everyone in Mansfield has shared the joy and euphoria of Rebecca's fantastic achievements and it is only fitting to recognise the achievement of those people who have made her double Gold medal winning success possible."