Mount Kelly’s director of swimming named as a finalist in the UK Coaching Awards

MOUNT Kelly’s director of swimming Emma Collings-Barnes has been named as a finalist in this year’s UK Coaching Awards.

Collings-Barnes is in the running for the Talent Development Coach of the Year Award.

The swimming guru will face competition from Amy Moulton (gymnastics) and Trevor Hunter (canoeing) for the top prize.

The showpiece awards ceremony, seen as one of the most prestigious within the coaching community, will be held virtually on Thursday, December 3.

Collings-Barnes has been recognised for Mount Kelly’s success in the pool in a shortened season due to Covid-19.

In March, Mount Kelly won the National Arena Swimming League on their debut in the A final, breaking records in the process.

UK Coaching’s director of coaching Emma Atkins, said: “The UK Coaching Awards is a true highlight of the year and although December’s event will look slightly different, it is more important than ever to recognise the outstanding contributions of coaches in communities across the country this year.

“Over three million people regularly coach across the UK and I’ve been absolutely blown away with how quickly coaches were able to adapt during the pandemic to continue meeting the needs of their participants, from grassroots to elite level.

“I would like to offer huge congratulations to all of our finalists. The standard of nominations we received this year was extraordinary, demonstrating the impact that great coaches have had this year.”

For this year’s awards, the nominations process was open from September 2019 to September 2020, with people encouraged to submit nominations for all the great coaching work that had taken place despite the pandemic.

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