UK Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award for Jim Hunter

Tuesday 29th November 2022

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Jim Hunter of Perth Strathtay Harriers has been announced as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award ahead of the UK Coaching Awards 2022.

The accolade comes following a remarkable 40 years of dedicated volunteering, and a coaching career that has seen him work from the grassroots to international competitions.

Working across scottishathletics, Scottish Disability Sport, and Perth Strathtay, Jim has been the driving force behind the development and success of the club’s inclusion group for young people and adults with disabilities and additional support needs.

He competed for the club before moving into coaching four decades ago, and has been club president for 10 years.

Beyond his work with his local club, he is also a UK Special Olympics Team Coach, a founding Trustee of the ‘Physical’ Sports charity, raising money to help youth sport in Perth and Kinross, and works closely with Perth Autism Support, the Blind Society, SHIP (Support, Help & Integration in Perthshire) and Perth & Kinross Disability Sport.

At the UK Coaching Awards, Jim is to be recognised for his outstanding service to participants with disabilities.

He said: ‘I never imagined I would be part of the UK Coaching Awards process, and to be a winner of such a prestigious award is an incredible honour for me.

‘Athletics and coaching has allowed me to travel across the UK, in Europe and beyond over the years.

‘It is such a wonderful sport that allows anybody that wishes to take part, because it’s not just one sport, there are lots of ways for people to participate and we can ensure inclusivity with just a little thought and planning.

‘I think that Perth Strathtay Harriers have always been a very open and welcoming club.

‘What is clear to me is the psychological benefits, seeing the smile that they’ve achieved, whatever that little thing might be to begin with.

‘It doesn’t need to be winning a medal, it might just be standing up out of their wheelchair for the very first time. I’m very proud to encourage as many people as possible to support people to be active, and I have enjoyed my experience as a coach immensely.’

UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon said: ‘I would like to extend a huge congratulations to Jim on his fantastic work over many years as an outstanding coach.

‘It is so important that we acknowledge and thank all coaches, at all levels and in all settings, as they work tirelessly to support more people mentally and physically through physical activity and sport to help build communities, tackle inequalities and inspire people.’

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