Paul Manning named UK High-Performance Coach of the Year

Paul Manning named UK High-Performance Coach of the Year

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Great Britain women's endurance coach Paul Manning was one of four coaches to receive a High-Performance Coach of the Year Award at the 2012 UK Coaching Awards while Belinda Tarling was named Coach Educator of the Year.

Paul was presented with the honour at the Lancaster in London last night in recognition of his efforts in establishing the women’s team pursuit squad as world and Olympic champions in 2012. 

He has also been integral to the remarkable success of Laura Trott, who doubled up her medals in the team pursuit with individual world and Olympic golds in the omnium event.

Paul Manning said: “It’s a huge honour to receive a High-Performance Coach of the Year Award at this year’s UK Coaching Awards.

"It’s been a fantastic year for the women’s track endurance team which culminated in them winning two gold medals at the London Olympics. It was a really special event and the support of the home crowd was phenomenal, it was an experience I’ll never forget.

"I work with an incredible group of people and I can’t thank them enough for their support over this past year.”

Paul’s success capped off an incredible night for British Cycling as Belinda Tarling was also recognised for her contribution to the development of coaches through the UK Coach Educator Award.

Using her experience from a successful 12 year career in Cross-Country Mountain Bike racing, Belinda has been key to the development of the Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Mountain Biking, and in its delivery in her role as a tutor and assessor.

Julie Judson was also nominated on the night for the Gillette Community Coach of the Year Award in recognition of her contribution to Wrekin Riders BMX club.

Rory McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon, Peter Eriksson, the new Head Coach at UK Athletics, and Jessica Ennis’ coach Toni Minichiello also received a High-Performance Coach of the Year gongs with the UK Coaching Awards judging panel deciding to make multiple awards in this category following a great year of sport.