Skye stal­wart hon­oured with coach­ing award

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

SKYE Ca­manachd stal­wart Don­nie Martin has been recog­nised for his coach­ing with the ‘Life­time Coach­ing Achieve­ment of the Year’ award at the 2016 High­land Coach­ing Awards.

The awards, which were held at In­ver­ness Leisure Cen­tre on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 22, are run by High Life High­land in part­ner­ship with sportscot­land to recog­nise the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion and sig­nif­i­cant im­pact made by lo­cal coaches.

These coaches en­able qual­ity sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties to hap­pen in com­mu­ni­ties across the High­lands.

Don­nie has been in­volved with Skye Ca­manachd for more than 40 years as player, youth coach, sec­ond team man­ager, first team man­ager, goal judge, ref­eree, com­mit­tee mem­ber and chair­man, as well as tak­ing a lead­ing role in Skye Ca­manachd So­cial Club.

He was a player from his school days and con­tin­ued to play for the is­land club into his for­ties, even through a pe­riod when he was work­ing away from home.

He has not only in­spired gen­er­a­tions of play­ers over the years but he con­tin­ues to do so as he cur­rently coaches pri­mary school chil­dren in north Skye.

He is an ex­am­ple through his ded­i­ca­tion to the club and the com­mu­nity.

He spends ev­ery spare hour at the Skye Ca­manachd club­house – both in­side and out – main­tain­ing the pitch, cut­ting the grass and lin­ing the pitch for matches through­out the sea­son.

Shinty is a big part of life in Skye and Don­nie has been in­stru­men­tal in en­sur­ing the club, which was formed in 1892, con­tin­ues to grow and thrive. The award is de­served recog­ni­tion for some­one who is well re­spected through­out Scot­land’s shinty com­mu­nity.

An im­pres­sive 65 nominations were made over­all, the most High­land has ever re­ceived.

The full list of win­ners is: Young Per­sons Coach of the Year – Kelsey Christie, Thurso; Young Coach of the Year – Harry MacKay, Rog­art; Com­mu­nity Coach of the Year – Liz Smith, Nethy Bridge; Devel­op­ment Per­for­mance Coach of the Year – Dun­can Flock­hart, In­ver­ness; High Per­for­mance Coach of the Year – Gavin Laird, In­ver­ness; Dis­abil­ity Coach of the Year – Stephen Meeks, In­ver­ness; Young Vol­un­teer of the Year – Sarah MacLen­nan, Me­gan Ste­wart and Jade Dou­glass, In­ver­garry; Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cial of the Year – Ken Ross, In­ver­ness; Vol­un­teer of the Year – Stephan Walker, Nairn; Life­time Coach­ing Achieve­ment of the Year – Don­nie Martin , Skye.

Skye’s Don­nie Martin, cen­tre, re­ceiv­ing his life­time achieve­ment award.

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