Coaching in the UK

Coaches receive medals alongside athletes at World Para Athletics Championships

Mon, 17 Jul 2017

For the first time ever at a World Para Athletics Championships, coaches are receiving medals alongside their athletes.

The coaches’ medal, introduced to both the World Para Athletics Championships and the World Championships by organisers, London 2017, in coordination with the IAAF and World Para Athletics, recognises the unique and valued relationship between athletes and coaches. Podium athletes are gifted the medal following their own ceremonies to present to their coach or significant adviser.

British wheelchair athlete, Kare Adenegan, who won silver in the T34 100m at the Championships on 14 July, presented her coach Job King with the medal. 

Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching, said:

“We are proud to hear that for the first time coaches are receiving the same kind of recognition as their athletes at a major championships.

“The World Para Athletics Championships and the World Championships are the two biggest sporting events in the world this year, and a huge opportunity to show a global audience that coaches play an integral part in nurturing, and creating an environment where athletes can fulfil their potential. This kind of exposure for coaches can only help us on our mission to put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport.

“However, the recognition can’t stop here. While we congratulate the organisers of this event we urge other organisational committees of other major sporting events to recognise coaching in the same way.”

London 2017 Championship Director, Niels de Vos, said:

“As organisers it was important that we made provision for coaches’ medals for the World Para Athletics Championships. Athletes deserve their time on the podium but coaches play such a vital role in getting them to that point, so we are pleased to be able to support the athlete to share that success.”

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