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COV Awards

From your club parent helper, to an area referee, right up to performance coaches; volunteers, officials and coaches are the lifeblood of our sport, without whom our sport would look very different. The JudoScotland COV awards are our way of showing our thanks and appreciation for their continued hard work.

The 2017 Award Winners 

Young Persons Coach of the Year
Callum Woods
Callum began coaching at 19 years old when an opportunity popped up to go to Hong Kong, where during his time coaching there he made lifelong connections. Callum now coaches over 350 young judoka a week with an obvious passion and enthusiasm for judo that he hopes will keep them in judo well into adulthood.

His nomination made it clear that he takes a very individual approach to coaching, recognising that there are many needs to be met during every single judo session and developing his club’s programme around those needs.

Disability Coach of the Year
Lynn Blackshaw
Lynn’s disability coaching career has spanned the last 15 years, starting out like many of us by helping out at our local club – in this case that was Mansel Judo Club.

Her favourite judo memory of coaching goes back to her first involvement with Disability Judo (SN Judo back then) in 2004, coaching players that are still involved in judo today.

Judo in GB often gets lambasted for focussing on medal success too much, but this winner wasn’t the only one to focus on enjoyment over winning in terms of what success meant to her.

Young Coach of the Year
Cailin Calder
Cailin’s dedication to his Judo coaching, putting in over 10 hours a week, is to be commended, and whether it is leading or assisting in a Judo session, he continues to be a positive influence on the session.

Dedicating over ten hours a week he focuses on improving young judoka, helping them to overcome challenges and ensuring that the children in his sessions enjoy themselves. Inspired by his Dad to get into coaching, his father remains a positive role model to this day to the 2017 Young Coach of the Year.

Technical Official of the Year
Michele Strachan
Michele can be found at the heart of every JudoScotland competition. Starting out as a volunteer timekeeper to ‘help out’, she has progressed to competition recorder and is looking to develop further as a senior recorder. Her dedication to the job in hand also saw her put her skills to the test at the European Open in Glasgow in 2016.

Michele’s friendly and personable nature, along with her willingness to get the task in hand done, makes it a pleasure to work with for her colleagues. She is a reliable and willing volunteer, who is always looking to improve. She believes that each competition should be a positive experience for everybody, and success for her personally if for her to be a part of that.

Young Volunteer of the Year
Abbie McDowell
At just fifteen, Abbie has already made a huge impact on her local judo community. Not just within the club, where she attends three times a week, but also in the wider community. She has assisted in delivering taster sessions for local Girl Guides, volunteering at regional competitions, taking part in Kai Club workshops as well as volunteering at JudoScotland Skill sCool events.

Abbie has succeed in encouraging other females into the sport and is a fanatic role model passing on her knowledge and passion for the sport. Her commitment to this has also seen her become a part of Judo Girls Rock in 2017.

Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award
Jim Robertson
With over 35 years of coaching experience, Jim Robertson is a fundamental part of the landscape of Judo-in-Scotland. At the age of 76, Jim is still on the mat coaching at his club Osaka Kwai on a voluntary basis.

Jim started this club in order to provide the area, which has high unemployment rate, the opportunity to attend and participate in a sport that helps not only children’s fitness levels but discipline. The club is designed to provide opportunities in the local area with an open door policy allowing anyone willing to join the opportunity to train. Jim always puts the children he coaches first and gives so much, in return he gets to see them enjoy the sport that he loves so much.

However it is not just the progression of the Judoka that Jim is committed to, he has also ensured that there is a legacy in the club through helping the next generation of coaches.

Community Coach of the Year
Rebecca MacLean
Rebecca joined the Judo Girls Rock programme at a vital stage and has been instrumental in delivering the sessions, getting the girls completely hooked on Judo. Rebecca has worked closely with various coaches and Youth Workers not only delivering judo but also the youth work element which is also key areas across the Judo Girls Rock programme.

Since joining the programme in autumn 2016, all girls have shown considerable progress and have even become involved in the wider Judo community at Cluster Club sessions and stepped out of their comfort zone attending their first Skill sCool with Sally Conway.

Rebecca’s commitment to the sport of judo is exemplary, she travels from Fort William to Glasgow every week, and gives her all in the sessions she delivers. Her advice to anyone thinking of becoming a coach : There is a great community of coaches who will support you on your journey. Coaching is very rewarding and you can have a huge impact on the participant’s futures. 

The 2016 Award Winners 


Disability Coach of the Year: Jo Imrie, Jidel Judo 93

Volunteer of the Year: Catherine Fordyce, West Calder Judo Club

Technical Official of the Year: Neil Malone, Hibari-Kan Judo Club

Young Coach of the Year: Summer Cranney, Titan Judo Club

Community Coach of the Year: David Reilly, Danderhall Judo Club

Young Volunteer of the Year: Dominic McNealis, Judo Club Esprit     

Young Person's Coach of the Year: Nicholas Thwaits,  Edinburgh Judo