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Ramasamy 'grafteful' for coaching recognition

PUBLISHED: 13:30 03 December 2015

Manor Park's Siva Ramasamy was nominated for a national honour

Manor Park's Siva Ramasamy was nominated for a national honour

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Manor Park taekwondo coach just pleased to be nominated after missing out on award

Sivakumar Ramasamy admits his nomination for a top prize at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards tops off a busy, yet successful, 12 months of work.

The Manor Park taekwondo coach rubbed shoulders with the great and good of British coaching in Manchester on Tuesday evening having been nominated for the Performance Development Coach of the Year Award.

The prize would ultimately go the way of badminton coach Andrew Stewart but Ramasamy’s efforts did not go unnoticed by the panel of judges.

As head coach of Gurumu Taekwondo Club, Ramasamy has been at the helm while his athletes have experienced a year of success, including taking team gold at the National Championships.

The club also achieved 36 individual medals at the British National Open this year along with four from the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships, eight at the Nottingham Open Championships, five from the Dome Open Championships, nine at the Liverpool Open Championships and 35 at the British International Open, along with placing first in the team award there too.

And Ramasamy, who is also involved with Great Britain taekwondo, admitted he had relished the chance to attend the awards ceremony, despite not coming away with a top prize.

“My nomination is a nice recognition of a successful year and it’s great to meet coaches who are doing phenomenal work and to be amongst them, I’m in great company here,” said the 36-year-old.

“The last year has been exciting, extremely busy, phenomenally rewarded and tiring. It has pushed me in directions I have never felt as a coach.

“I’ve been doing taekwondo for 25 years and I’ve been focussing on talent development since 2003. I coach for my own club Gurumu taekwondo and I’m also the performance development coach for Great Britain taekwondo as well.

“At the grassroots level, I’m involved in identifying and developing athletes to push them through the pathway programme and hopefully inspire them to one day be an Olympic athlete.

“From a GB point of view, it’s working with athletes around the country on the pathway programme.”

The UK Coaching Awards honour sports coaches and coaching organisations who have demonstrated outstanding success over the previous 12 months.

Previous winners at the UK Coaching Awards include Jessica Ennis-Hill’s mentor Toni Minichiello and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and Ramasamy admitted the importance of coaching could not be underestimated.

“It’s just been an absolutely phenomenal experience to be in an environment and a room full of inspiration and exceptional people and coaches,” he added.

“The impact coaching has on athletes, it is just phenomenal. It’s a great opportunity to change people’s lives in a way that they can’t even imagine, if that is a result or positive development then brilliant.”

The UK Coaching Awards 2015, hosted by sports coach UK is a chance to recognise excellent coaching and coaching organisations that have achieved outstanding success over the past 12 months. For more information visit:www.sportscoachuk.org

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