The 2016 Highland Coaching Awards were held at Inverness Leisure on Saturday 22nd October 2016. The awards are run by High Life Highland in partnership with sportscotland to recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact of local coaches. These coaches enable quality sport and physical activity opportunities to happen in communities across the Highlands.
This year every nomination was in with 2 chances of winning, as each form was submitted to the Highland Awards as well as the National Awards. A staggering 65 nominations were presented which was the most Highland has ever received and it was also the most across Scotland which is fantastic!
It was a lovely morning recognising a selection of the hard working and committed coaches we have in Highland, hearing about their achievements and celebrating their successes. Each coach was given a VIP pass to the Shinty International and hospitality, taking place that day, along with a trophy and certificate.
The winners are:
- Kelsey Christie (Thurso) – Young Persons Coach of the Year
- Harry MacKay (Rogart) – Young Coach of the Year
- Liz Smith (Nethy Bridge) – Community Coach of the Year
- Duncan Flockhart (Inverness) – Development Performance Coach of the Year
- Gavin Laird (Inverness) – High Performance Coach of the Year
- Stephen Meeks (Inverness) – Disability Coach of the Year
- Sarah MacLennan, Megan Stewart & Jade Douglass (Invergarry) – Young Coach of the Year
- Ken Ross (Inverness) – Technical Official of the Year
- Stephan Walker (Nairn) – Volunteer of the Year
- Donald Martin (Skye) – Lifetime Coaching Achievement of the Year
Picture attached, names L-R:
Back row: Gavin Laird, Donald Martin, Ken Ross, Liz Smith, Stephan Walker, Kelsey Christie & Duncan Flockhart
Front row: Sarah MacLennan & Megan Stewart