Award hon­ours coach

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang man has been recog­nised for his years of ded­i­ca­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to sport af­ter be­ing named the dis­abil­ity coach of the year.

Ian Mirfin, 58, has com­mit­ted over half of his life to help ath­letes with a dis­abil­ity, found­ing the Glas­gow team Red Star Ath­let­ics Club in1990.

Since its in­cep­tion Ian has en­sured that the club has pro­vided a wel­com­ing and open en­vi­ron­ment to train and com­pete – from novice all the way through to Par­a­lympic level.

He picked up his award on an evening where in­spi­ra­tional coaches, of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers across Scot­land were cel­e­brated across 13 cat­e­gories.

Ian, who is recog­nised by Bri­tish Ath­let­ics as one of the lead­ing wheel­chair ath­let­ics coaches, worked with Team GB dur­ing the 2016 Rio Par­a­lympics. He said:“I’ve been in­volved with the para side of Bri­tish ath­let­ics for a few years and it was a real hon­our to be se­lected for Rio as part of the coach­ing team.

“I work with the ath­letes from the com­plete be­gin­ner stage, right through – it’s re­ally re­ward­ing to see peo­ple de­velop and grow as peo­ple, as well as ath­letes.”

Award win­ner Ian Mirfin

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