GLENN Smith, Mansfield District Council’s swim coach and development officer, has been has been awarded The Coaching Hall of Fame Mussabini Medal by Sports Coach UK for his contribution to the swimming career of triple Paralympic medallist, Ollie Hynd.
The UK Coaching Awards 2012 was held this week in London and acknowledged excellent coaching practice across the UK and celebrated the work of the coaches behind this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists. Glenn was presented with the Mussabini Medal by the minister for sport Hugh Robertson - these medals are presented to all the gold medal winning coaches after each Olympic/Paralympic Games.
Glenn has an excellent track record of coaching swimmers to Olympic and Paralympic glory.
He successfully coached Ollie Hynd to secure gold, silver and bronze at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Fellow 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw is also coached by Glenn. His guidance and support also saw Sam Hynd achieve Paralympic Gold at the Beijing Games in 2008. He also trained Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington during her early development years. Glenn also joined Team GB at the London Paralympic Games as an official member of the coaching staff. He has been coaching in Mansfield for the past 16 years.
The ceremony was organised by the National Coaching Federation, Sports Coach UK. Glenn said: “I’m very honoured to have received this award, especially when you look at previous recipients of the awards, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Ron Pickering. “Ollie and Charlotte’s achievements in the summer were incredible and it was a privilege to have helped them achieve their goals.
“They are true ambassadors of their sport in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and the UK.”
Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton, added: “In what has been an outstanding 12 months for sport in Mansfield, this award given to Glenn is a perfect way to round off the year and I send my heartfelt congratulations to him.”