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Minichiello Named UK Coach of the Year

Toni Minichiello - Coach of the Year

Toni Minichiello was named UK Coach of the Year and received a High-Performance Coach of the Year Award at the UK Coaching Awards 2012: Supported by Gillette.

Minichiello received his awards from sports coach UK Patron HRH the Princess Royal in a glittering ceremony at the Lancaster, London.

Jessica Ennis’ coach Minichiello started coaching in the mid-1990s. Formerly the National Event Coach for combined events, he switched roles in 2010 to become a UK Athletics Olympic Coach, enabling him to focus his efforts on coaching Ennis, who in 2009 had become Heptathlon World Champion.

He helped to mastermind Ennis’ London 2012 Olympic Games Heptathlon gold medal where she clocked a British points record of 6,955, and set the fastest ever heptathlon time in the 100m hurdles. The golden girl of Great Britain’s Olympic team also finished second in the pentathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March, setting a new British indoor record.

Also awarded a High-Performance Coach of the Year Award were Rory McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon, UK Athletics Head Coach Peter Eriksson, and Women’s Endurance track cycling coach Paul Manning. The UK Coaching Awards judging decided to make multiple awards in this category to reflect success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and in other sports.

Elsewhere, the coaches of Alastair and Jonathan Brownlee won the Coaching Chain: Appreciation of Coaching Award that recognises coaches who have helped athletes along the way to elite success. The awards went to Tony Kingham and Charles Lines who encouraged and developed the brothers running and triathlon at Bradford Grammar School, Corrinne Tantrum who provided tailored swimming training for the duo at City of Bradford Swimming Club, and Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland who together have helped them to Olympic and World Championship glory.

There was also recognition for the coaches of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gold medal winners who were inducted into the Coaching Hall of Fame: Supported by Gillette.

Meanwhile, rowing coach Paul Stannard, who’s former athletes include Heather Stanning and Helen Glover was named Performance Development Coach of the Year.

Other winners on the night were:

  • Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year: Olivia Bryl - Gymnastics
  • Children’s Coach of the Year – Supported by sportscotland:  Tom Middleton - Volleyball
  • Gillette Community Coach of the Year: Q Shillingford - Boxing
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Sheila Perks - Netball
  • Coach Educator of the Year - Supported by Coachwise: Belinda Tarling - Cycling
  • Coaching Intervention of the Year: Sport Northern Ireland – Active Communities

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