Welsh Triathlon opened their Workforce Award Nominations for 2018 in August. This was open to all Welsh Triathlon members and promoted via E Newsletters, Twitter and Facebook. This year there were 10 categories to vote for and 10 awards in total
- Coach of the Year
- Children’s Coach of the Year
- Official of the Year
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Club Event of the Year
- Children’s Event of the Year
- Commercial Event of the Year
- Club of the Year
- GOTRI Organiser of the Year
We received nominations in each category apart from Young Volunteer of the year and Commercial Event of the year The chosen winners were selected based purely on the nomination form sent in and judged by a panel.
Welsh Triathlon is proud to announce and congratulate the winners of the following categories, with some of the reasons on why they were chosen.
Participation Coach of the Year - Mark Evans, Celtic Triathlon Club
Mark will always give 100% of his time to give the best advice and training possible. Always adapting
development and providing expert advice and specific programs to reach out targets.
His patience and dedication is second to none. He’s put so many hours into his athletes and genuinely cares about their success.
Childrens Coach of the Year - Rhys Thomas, Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club
Rhys helps run the junior club in pembrokeshire where he helps develop children of all ages and abilities.
He volunteers on a tristar committee and managed the Wales team at IRC event, evidencing a great rapport with kids and parents and he was also part of a group which set up a new event in pembrokeshire this year.
Official of the Year - Paul Tillman
As coordinator for events, a great support to other Officials, Paul's tireless dedication to British and Welsh Triathlon is recoginised with this award.
Volunteer of the Year - Darren Vaughan
Darren gives up so much of his time to coach and organise events, means that he has less time to
train himself however he loves helping other people & therefore does this without hesitation.
He encourages and welcomes all abilities into triathlon. This has resulted in having a large amount of people entering Triathlon events for the first time and also coaching people to the highest level.
Club event of the Year - Llanelli Multisport Festival. Noelwyn Daniels, Healthy Life Activities
It was a fantastic festival of triathlon, with races from the youngest athletes doing their first duathlons, right the way up to the best juniors competing for Championship qualification, with the whole Pathway including Paratriathlon able to compete on the same day.
The event is well established on the calendar and is always impeccably organised, with much of the proceeds going to support good causes in the local area.
Children’s Event of the Year - Ruthin Junior Triathlon
An event that encourages all participants from recreational have a go, to race ready athletes. A number of first timers at our home races this year, two of whom had mechanical during the race, but were supported
to avoid tears and allowed to complete the race for a finishers medal.
Club of the Year - Caerphilly Tri-ers
The club has inspired, coached and encouraged triathletes of all abilities and experience and created an inclusive and fun culture for all members .The bond and affinity between club and members is an example to all.
The club promotes Welsh Triathlon values and objectives and actively encourages members to participate in Welsh tri events , and is also one of the only 2 clubs in Wales with 100% membership which support the NGB
The club supports the development of their workforce and have put members through coaching , activators and officials courses. The club also recieved Ribbon award for inclusivity this year.
GOTRI Organiser of the Year - Celtic Triathlon Club
Celtic Tri, have played host to a series of 3 GO TRI events which have taken place at various leisure centres across Swansea.
One of the clubs goals for the 2018 season was to host a series of GO TRI events in the Swansea Area to increase junior participation in triathlon and its multisport related activities. Linked to this would be club development with an investment in coach education and additional training sessions for junior participants in the Swansea Area.
The event attracts over 300 participants and provided an opportunity for the club to not only promote their upcoming activity but support the growth of triathlon in their local area.
We will be awarding our winners at our AGM on November 18th 2018
The work of these wonderful volunteers and clubs is invaluable. Most sports would not exist without them and triathlon is no different. Recognising and rewarding the volunteers by way of our awards is one of our ways to say thank you for all the hard work they put in year after year. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate.