Monday, 30 March 2009

Arnold Cooke - B&NES Chair's Community Sports Coach of the Year 2009

Sports people of all ages who have made a positive difference to their communities were rewarded at the Chair’s Community Sport Awards, organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council (Monday 9 March at The Guildhall in Bath). The awards recognised the contribution made by volunteers, coaches, clubs and teachers to community sport in Bath and North East Somerset and were hosted by Cllr David Bellotti, the Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council with Bath Rugby players Matt Banaham and Jonny Fa'amatuainu and Beijing Paralympic 100m (T36) silver medalist Ben Rushgrove.

Individuals, sports clubs and organisations were invited to nominate people who they believe have invested their time, energy and commitment to sports provision. Over 50 individuals and four clubs have been nominated this year – a record. Cllr David Bellotti said: “This is an opportunity to highlight the many unsung heroes who support community sports – I would like to congratulate all the winners.”

Minerva Bath Junior Coach Arnold Cook was named as Sports Coach of the Year and below is an excerpt from the award presentation speech by Martin Pellow, B&NES Sports Development officer:

"Arnold is President of Minerva Bath Rowing Club and works hard for the sport of rowing. He is awarded for his enthusiasm, energy and commitment to the youngsters he coaches. Not only is he a great coach but also a role model. Over a 50 year career he has represented the UK at Olympic and Commonwealth games winning medals along the way and is still winning races at national level. Last year despite having a serious illness he continued with his coaching commitments".

Although Arnold is used to winning medals this is his first award for coaching; well done Arnold!

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