British Triathlon has been announced as one of three finalists in the Governing Body of the Year Award at the 2013 UK Coaching Awards.
The event hosted by Sports Coach UK is one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies within the industry and aims to raise the profile of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence in sport.
The Governing Body of the Year award recognises the successful coaching structure delivered by each of the three nominees: British Triathlon, British Cycling and English, Scottish and Welsh Rugby Unions.
British Triathlon’s coaching philosophy at a glance
Coaching itself is very much at the heart of the sport of triathlon, with 3,500 qualified coaches across all three levels. The delivery of UKCC endorsed qualifications has made a significant contribution to quality club environments, supporting the increased demand in the sport since the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The coaching workforce is better qualified and informed, supported and committed than ever before, with courses attracting highly motivated and passionate people who want to become triathlon coaches.
The emerging presence and popularity of paratriathlon has also meant that there is a strong commitment from the sport nationally and globally to providing educational opportunities to coaches interested in coaching paratriathlon. Inclusive coaching of paratriathletes has been embedded at all levels.
From a high performance perspective, the establishment of the Elite Coaches Group is one of the main legacy achievements of the sport to date, providing regular opportunities for elite coaches working with the best athletes in the sport to come together and share best developing strength and depth of performance at all levels.
This has been reflected in some outstanding athlete performances in the last 12 months across paratriathlon and triathlon pathways from junior to senior level at European and world level.
British Triathlon has a successful history at the awards evening, after celebrating the ‘Coaching Chain of the Year’ award in 2012, which recognised the coaches involved in enabling Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee get to the top of the triathlon world, following their medal-winning success at the Olympic Games in London. Let’s hope 2013, brings more recognition of the coaching pathway that exists within the sport.
All awards are made following a public nominations process and decision by an expert judging panel.
All award winners will be announced at the UK Coaching Awards evening on 3 December.