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By Fiona Reid
Sport
Three cheers for top coaches

SPORTS coaches and volunteers across the region have been recognised for their dedication and achievements over the last year.

The Dumfries and Galloway Council Coaching Awards, in association with sportscotland, took place at the weekend with ten winners.

They were: Young coach: Sean Parry, Dumfries Rugby Club Young volunteer (u25): Jasmin Willingale, judo Volunteer (over 25): John Hilferty, of Millennium Girls U13; and Terry Bruton, of Solway Spartans Young person’s coach: Annemarie Ferguson, gymnastics, Newington Primary Disability coach: Karen Robertson, Annandale & Eskdale Disability Sport and Dumfries & Galloway Disability Sport Community coach of the year: Gary Cother Development coach: Graham Sloan, curler Performance coach: Jim Sloan, of ADAC Lifetime achievement: Alan Irving, of Annan Athletic FC.

Congratulating them, Cllr Andy Ferguson said: “These awards provide the opportunity for us to acknowledge and thank coaches and volunteers for their dedication to their chosen sport and to recognise their achievements. Our council recognises the importance of sport and physical activity and the role it plays in reducing health risks, improving our mental health and wellbeing, inspiring our children and how it can bring people and communities together.

“These awards show what committed coaches and volunteers we are fortunate to have within Dumfries and Galloway and these awards help to raise their profile showing how valuable they are to clubs, schools and sport in our area.”

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