Disability Sportsperson of the Year
Richard has shown great courage and determination in his horseriding from an early age despite a serious heart condition. He has done well in competition winning his class at the RDA National Championships in 2003 but was unable to defend his title this year due to a serious heart operation. He has made a great recovery and recently came third in a dressage event against able-bodied riders.
Chris is a brown belt and captain of the English ‘Special Needs’ Judo Squad. Chris has Autistic Spectrum Disorders and as a consequence has had to work very hard at his sport in order to overcome his disability. He has competed as a senior in major European tournaments, and impressed the judges so much that he was awarded the “Spirit of Judo” award.
Ian who has Cerebal Palsy has represented England at G-Judo at numerous tournaments, winning a total of 11 medals. He takes every opportunity to promote disability sport assisting with the Bristol Union of Disability Sport and setting up a web site for Kodachi Judo Club.
Disability Coach of the Year
Jon Amos has competed at the Paralympics, and is currently the British powerlifting coach who has worked to prepare Britain’s Paralympic athletes for Athens earlier this year. He has worked with aspiring athletes as well as the newly disabled. He was recently awarded the Disabled Coach of the Year Award by Sport England.
Matthew is the sports coach for ‘Hop, Skip and Jump’; a play centre for children with ‘Special Needs’. He provides a very specialised type of coaching, for children that have trouble with balance, co-ordination and communication. Matthew helps with these problems through the use of sports, and also improves the children’s confidence as a result.
Ken has been coaching ‘Special Needs’ judo for over 20 years and was instrumental in introducing this branch of judo to the UK in the early 1980’s. His club at the Southville Centre in Bedminster has gone from strength to strength and he has inspired many others to start up similar operations in the area.