Award honours coach
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