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Top Honour for Law & District Coach Don

Created on Friday, 07 September 2012 12:59

Dedicated Law & District AAC throws coach Don McLeod, who works with local youngsters has received surprise recognition from the top brass at scottishathletics after he picked up South Lanarkshire's Coach of the Year Award last week.

Don and his wife Elizabeth attended the presentation ceremony in Hamilton, and he was delighted to receive the award in recognition of his dedication to throws coaching at Law & District AAC.

And scottishathletics' national head of development Mark Munro has added his voice to the chorus of praise.

He said: "It's coaches like Don the length and breadth of the country who underpin the fabric of our sport.

"Without them, thousands of young people would not receive the support , encouragement and instruction that's required to start out in our sport, so it's a fantastic accolade for Don and his athletes that he has been selected for such a well-deserving award.

"Don is clearly one of the most enthusiastic and committed coaches, and his key participation in the recent Kugelfest Shot event and Discus Development Session at the end of June was yet another example of him going above and beyond to foster the sport.

"Everyone at scottishathletics is really pleased for him – he thoroughly deserves this award."

Reflecting on the award ceremony, Don's wife Elizabeth said: "I'm really proud of him! He was absolutely flabbergasted when his name was called out, but really delighted and honoured.

"Each of the four nominees had a short video featured, showing their coaching their respective sport.

"It was really weird for me to be watching Don on the big screen, but you could tell he was so enthusiastic about all the throws disciplines and his athletes.

"He received really loud applause, I think he was a very popular winner, he then was asked onto the platform to be interviewed.

"The presenter told Don that his enthusiasm was amazing and he could tell how much he loved coaching and developing throws and was such a well respected coach by so many people within athletics and sport."

The judging panel praised Don for his willingness to  travel anywhere, any time if it helped his athletes and he was commended him for assisting in developing throws nationally in Scotland.

During the ceremony, particular mention was made of the fact that several Law AAC throws athletes had made their mark in national rankings, including Jamie and Bobby Crossan, Lewis Nicholson, Connor Stoney Kristen Cowe and Thomas Lafferty.