BITA COACHING AWARDS 2018
VOTING IS NOW OPEN
Voting will open immediately and will close on the 25th July 2018 – results made known in early August.
Only members of BITA, as of the 1st May 2018, are eligible to vote – votes from non members will be discarded. Each member may cast one vote in each category only.
Nominations for the Young Coach of the Year Award (in alphabetical order).
Lauren Kelly (Fletcher) – Nottingham
Lauren has worked extremely hard to raise the standard of Synchronized skating in the UK and has been very successful at both a National and International level with teams winning National Championships and being very successful at the recent Junior World Championships in Zagreb.
Having started coaching at the age of 14, Louise has been mentored by some of the best coaches in the world including Joan Slater, Muriel Zazoui and Romain Hagenauer. She has constantly strived to improve her education in both coaching practice and related off ice fitness and dance. Having had a period of time away from the UK and coaching she has returned this year with the objective of helping young skaters progress.
With experience as both an ISU Championship competitor and principal show skater she has a lot to bring to the table. In the last 12 months she has used this experience to provide not only on ice improvements but also educate skaters on how to progress and move forward personally.
Encouraging skaters to often look at the bigger picture and help prepare themselves for life has been a key part in this journey. In many cases she has passed on her knowledge and expertise with no financial renumeration or specific acknowledgement but has helped make a serious impact into the lives of the individuals she has helped.
Providing contacts and recommendations for shows, building off ice training for competitors and encouraging them to provide for the future so they can relax and enjoy the here and now to the full. Presently her pupils have qualified for important national championships and have made moves into starting a serious show career.
Louise’s passion speaks volumes as her driving force this year has been sharing her knowledge because she could, not because she needed to. This is a huge asset to British Skating as not only is this inspiring to the skaters she works with but also to aspiring and established coaches.
John Wicker – Romford & Chelmsford
John is a dedicated, encouraging, successful and supportive coach. He is bringing on a strong group of skaters at many levels who are having their successes rewarded.
John demonstrates characteristics of an athlete centred approach with his skaters; providing a focus for effective coaching and the approach helps to develop his many quality skaters. John has several skaters who have over the last couple of years have won their category’s at British and at ISU listed competitions. Many of his skaters have passed their level 10 and plus many of his skaters consistently perform very well at their open competitions. John is also coach to Edward Appleby.
John Wicker is a very hard working coach who has achieved much success this year with his skaters through his hard work and dedication towards their training. He spends much of his own time out of the rink researching and planning training sessions to keep things fresh and interesting for his students and has an amazing rapport with his skaters.
Very talented coach that is doing very well with his students.
John has shown amazing commitment to his students & our sport. His results speak for themselves
John would be a very worthy winner of this coaching award.