Steve's work is rewarded with disability award
STEVE Hillman, Cornwall multi-sports coach and Sports Inclusion Officer for the Cornwall Sports Partnership, has been named as the National Disability Coach of the Year, supported by Sainsbury's Active Kids for All.
The UK Coaching Awards, supported by Gillette, honour sports coaches and coaching organisations who have demonstrated outstanding success over the previous 12 months.
Awards are made following public nominations and a decision by an expert judging panel and aim to raise the profile of coaching and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence.
Steve's work has increased opportunities for disabled people in the county to participate and compete in sport.
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In the last 12 months alone he has set up three wheelchair basketball clubs in Cornwall, leading to the county having a wheelchair basketball side.
He has also established Boccia clubs at Truro College; and started wheelchair track sessions at a local leisure centre. Steve also trains other coaches to work with disabled participants and athletes.
Steve said: "I am so over the moon to win the Sports Coach UK Disability Coach of the Year Award, I was completely shocked to win as the other finalists were so strong and were so worthy.
"I would like to thank the Cornwall Sports Partnership who I have been employed by now for seven years, the last three years as their Inclusion Officer.
"They have been massively influential in supporting me to achieve the development, coaching and sustainability of inclusive sports clubs in Cornwall."
Another Cornwall coach, Melissa Reid, was also recognised for being the driving force behind Gllyngvase Surf Life Saving and Triathlon Club.
Rob Harrison, Coach Development Manager for the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "It's amazing to have three coaches in Cornwall recognised at these National awards.
"And when Steve Hillman was announced as a winner it was a tremendous achievement and goes to show how much good work goes on in Cornwall."