A DEDICATED Worcester woman has received the city’s Coach of the Year award in recognition of her devotion to teaching martial arts for more than 14 years.
Worcestershire County Council employee Sally Gleaves won the prestigious accolade at the City of Worcester Sports Awards on Thursday September 17, hosted by Steve Cram CBE at the University of Worcester Arena.
Miss Gleaves started learning Taekwondo at the age of nine and is now a 4th dan black belt, having coached in the sport as well as training, inspiring and supporting other athletes to achieve national and international success.
As well as her commitment to the martial arts, Miss Gleaves is an adult learning programme manager for the council’s Libraries and Learning Service.
“I was thrilled to win the award. To be honest it was great to just be nominated as this made me feel really appreciated by my learners, which is really important as I do put in a lot of work behind the scenes,” said Miss Gleaves.
“My martial arts coaching made me realise how much I enjoyed teaching and through it I have gained numerous skills.
“I hope that my achievements will inspire other learners to reach their full potential, not only in martial arts but also on their own individual coaching and teaching journeys,” she added.
Kathy Kirk, Libraries and Learning Service strategic manager said: “We’re delighted to hear Sally won the Coach of the Year award, it’s a great achievement and we would all like to pass on our congratulations.”