The JudoScotland Coaching and Volunteering Awards are our National Awards programme recognising the hard work and dedication of the Judo workforce in Scotland. This year we have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of award nominations celebrating individual contributions to the Sport it has been our busiest awards yet!

Although announced at this weekend’s AGM, the awards will be presented in the Judo club, surrounded by those who have nominated the individual. We look forward to visiting the clubs of each of our 2023 winners!

The winners of the 2023 Awards are:

Disability Coach of The Year

Charles Strachan – Tams Brig Judo Club

“Charlie is passionate and enthusiastic about bringing Judo to many different people. He sees the individual and what they can do, rather than what they can’t.”

Community Coach of The Year

Reanne Wylie – Orkney Judo Club

“Reanne is an excellent example of how a coach adjusts their teaching style to meet the needs of the students.”

Pathway Coach of The Year

John Buchanan – Sportif Judo Club

“John always goes above and beyond in his role as coach and mentor. Through his dedication and passion for the sport, he inspires judoka to want to be the best that they can be.”

Volunteer of The Year

Nicola Brawley – Irvine Judo Club

“Nicola is a Volunteer who only has the smooth operation of the club on her agenda.”

Referee/Official of the Year

Victoria Kirk – Tryst Judo Club

“Victoria is always willing to help and explain any decisions to players and coaches to improve partnerships between coaches, referees and judokas north and south of the border.”

Young Coach of The Year

Rebecca Bradley – Clyde Judo Club

“Rebecca listens to the children and adapts her sessions to suit who is on the mat and what is planned for them competition-wise.”

Young Volunteer of The Year

Jane Lawson – St Andrews Uni Judo Club

“Jane always brings a smile to training sessions and is an inspiration for all members due to her talent and passion for the sport and club.”

Young Referee/Official of the Year 

Kirsty Wilson – Edinburgh Judo Club

“She really is an exceptional role model who possesses a strong desire to make a positive impact on the people around them.”