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 Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering awards are our way of showing our thanks and appreciation for their continued hard work.

The winner of the 2022 Awards are:

Community Coach of the Year

Gregor Gardiner – Azami Falkirk

“Gregor’s club is one of the few places our child feels safe”

Young Coach of the Year

Charlie McLean – Irvine Judo Club

“As a young coach, it has been great to see how Charlie has thrown himself into furthering his knowledge. He has undertaken the Technical Dan Grade and has completed the Level 2 coaching course to be of better support to the coaches and members”

Disability Coach of the Year

Michele Strachan – Tams Brig Judo Club

“Michele goes way beyond the basics of what would be needed for inclusion”

Volunteer of the Year

Niall Allison – Orkney Judo Club

“It is now a way of life for him and he is so passionate about it, it is unreal”

Technical Official/Referee of the Year

Andrew Swinburne – Carnegie Judo Club

“Having gotten a lot from competitive judo, Andy is really keen to give something back and help others have the same opportunities”

Young Volunteer of the Year

Amy Staunton – Hamilton Judo Club

“With the club growing from strength to strength, Amy is one of the young volunteers that enables the club to consistently deliver great experiences”

Young Official of the Year

Paige Sweetland – Jidel Judo 93

“It’s fantastic to see someone so young committed to her role as a Referee, especially when she is competing herself. Hopefully she will inspire others to follow in her footsteps because she is a fantastic young role model”

Pathway Coach of the Year

Andrew Malone – Hibari-Kan Judo Club

“there is a rich history of young judoka that have achieved competitive success that Andy has coached; winning National medals at Cadet & Junior level and most recently representing Team Scotland at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games”