The 2017 UK Coaching Awards took place last night. John White from Thanet SC was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After receiving the Award John said: “I am shocked to have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s a great honour to have even been nominated with some of the greatest coaches in the country. What a fitting end to my career, to win this just before I retire.”
The 80-year-old has dedicated his life to swimming, putting 43 years of coaching into the sport and developing three clubs in East Kent. He celebrated his birthday just four days ago and will be retiring this month following a long and successful coaching career.
John’s coaching skills have helped develop swimmers in Thanet, with many advancing to compete at all levels including international.
As well as helping swimmers to progress he has also helped to develop many coaches and volunteers. He affectionately refers to these people as “his angels”, many of whom have completed aquatic accredited qualifications and taken up paid employment in swimming across the world.
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