Coach Bowls Annual Awards
Sponsored by Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers & Risk Managers
Many of the categories were nominated by coaches, clubs and bowlers across the country. The top coaches were then short listed in each category by a panel including the Coach Bowls Manager, BDA Development Director, BDA Independent Board member and Independent members of the Coach Education Advisory Group.
The short-listed coaches then went forward to a public vote, in which more than 800 votes were received!
Coach Bowls was delighted to present the awards at the event and recognise all the nominated and shortlisted coaches for the hard work and dedication to the sport and their clubs.
Young Coach of the Year
This category was for coaches aged under 35 and had two short-listed coaches:
Andrew Orme of Surrey. A young 18-year-old bowler and Level Two Qualified coach, with a desire to represent his country and utilise his coaching skills to help make bowls more fun to encourage younger bowlers to take up the sport
Amy Walters of Worcestershire. A Level Two Qualified coach and bowler having represented England on numerous occasions and is motivated to give others the coaching she never had when she started to play bowls.
The winner of the category, Amy Walters, unfortunately couldn’t be there on the day, so Norma Hazeldine (Director of Bowls England and BDA) collected it on her behalf.
New Coach of the Year
This category was for coaches who have been coaching bowls for less than two years and had three shortlisted entries:
Alan and Diane Siggery of Leicestershire. A husband and wife team of Level Two Qualified coaches who believe that bowling is not only a great way to keep fit, but also a great way of creating a bond of friendship.
Robert Bell from Herefordshire. A Level Two Qualified coach whose passion is to help people play the game they love, as well as they can for as long as they can.
Colin Wood from Staffordshire. A retired PE teacher who has joined bowls from the world of basketball, where he has found a new passion and recently became a Level Two Qualified coach.
The winner of the category was Colin Wood who collected his award from Neil Hobbs, from Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers who sponsored the awards.
Inclusive Coach of the Year
This category was for coaches continually working with bowlers with a disability and had three short listed coaches:
Paul Brown from Bristol. A well-respected, Commonwealth medallist who is currently out at the Gold Coast, ready to represent England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games whilst also being a Level Two Qualified coach and chair of Disability Bowls England.
Mo Monkton from Somerset. Also, currently out on the Gold Coast as the Team Manager for the 2018 Commonwealth Games disabled bowlers, who brings total passion and enthusiasm to her sport.
Graham Marriner of Hertfordshire. A Level Two Qualified Coach, Herts Bowls Development Officer and County Coaching Coordinator, Tutor and Assessor, who also finds time to coach at his club and wherever his services are called for, for whatever age, ability or physical ability.
The winner of the category, Mo Monkton, was unable to collect her award on the day so asked Lee Smith from Disability Bowls England to collect it on her behalf.
Coach Educator of the Year
This award was awarded based on the number of courses delivered by the tutors and on the feedback received from candidates from their courses.
David Rolls has travelled hundreds of miles in the last twelve months across England and supported his fellow tutors and assessors as a colleague and as the Chair of the Coach Education Advisory group. He consistently receives excellent feedback from the coaches he helps to train and is a role model for his fellow tutors.
Male Coach of the Year
Unsurprisingly this category had the most nominees and was the most difficult to short list. There were three short listed entries:
Michael Chamberlain and Fran Lloyd from Nottinghamshire. Who qualified on the first ever Level Two course and work closely to support each other, exchange and develop ideas, support Disability Bowls England, and coach at their club and the Junior Academy
Nigel Morgan from Wiltshire. A Level Two Qualified coach who has coached for nearly 20 years as well as being the County Coaching Coordinator for the county. His passion is to see bowlers achieve their potential, whatever that level is. If they leave his sessions with a smile on their faces, then he has achieved his aim – FUN!
Graham Marriner of Hertfordshire. Whose desire is for a long-lasting legacy to be remembered for his contribution to the game of bowls by increasing the number and quality of bowls coaches as well as coaching whoever requests his time, regardless of age or ability.
The winner of this award was Nigel Morgan, who received his trophy and certificate from Neil Hobbs.
Female Coach of the Year
Another hotly contested category with a high number of nominees that made it a challenge for the panel to short list.
Mo Monkton of Somerset. A Level Two Qualified coach who took on the role of Team manager / Coach for the Junior girls in Somerset over 11 years ago as well as developing a junior section at her own club.
Denise Smith from Surrey. A Level Two Qualified coach, tutor, assessor and mentor whose ethos is to enable bowlers and coaches to become the best they can, to make coaching fun and encourage bowlers and coaches to think for themselves. She is also the County Coaching Coordinator for Surrey and a member of the Coach Education Advisory group.
Tessa Davis from Surrey. A Level Two Qualified coach, mentor and assessor, who works tirelessly to support her County Coaching Coordinator to improve coaching across Surrey and endeavours to pass on her love of the game to as many people as possible.
The winner of this category was Mo Monkton, who has since sent us this message from Australia. "I am totally shocked. I hope the day was a success. We’re adjusting to Australian time and weather and have begun the practice sessions. Fingers crossed the team can pull it off!"
Coaching County of the Year
The winner of this award was Surrey, who have one of the largest numbers of Coach Bowls members in England, of both accredited and Qualified coaches. The have one of the largest numbers of Coach Educators and have run more courses than any other County.
The County Coaching Coordinator for Surrey is Denise Smith, who works tirelessly to promote coaching and increase the numbers of coaches in all clubs in the county, collected the award on behalf of Surrey.