Winner's Story: Coach of the Year, Bronwin Carter
Bron Carter is a typical coach in many ways: dedicated, selfless and modest, she works tirelessly to deliver the best she can to the group of athletes she works with. She was this year’s winner of the England Athletics National Coach of the Year award, and this is how she got there.
She ‘fell’ into coaching the same way many do; someone needed her help and she answered the call. For Bron, this was her training partner ahead of the 1988 Commonwealth Games. Before long, she was coaching a full group of athletes, including four she had coached up to international status!
It was at that point that two para-athletes approached Bron for her help in achieving a shared goal of making the Paralympic Team; as was her nature, she said yes, and discovered the way she could apply her skills and knowledge to Disability Athletics. Following her success with these two athletes (one making the British team, the other European Record Holder in the Shot Putt), Bron was appointed a staff coach at both the 2004 & 2008 Paralympic Games.
She has continued to coach at an incredibly high level, with two international javelin throwers, one international discus thrower and two girls selected to compete in the Shot Putt at the Commonwealth Youth Games this year in the Bahamas!
Her group nowadays consists of over 20 javelin throwers and 15 shot putters, of varying age, background and ability. She continues to work with para-athletes, and over 100 school children with special needs who competed in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Games. This year, she has taken a UK contingency of throwers over to the Finland Javelin Carnival, coached 5 throwers to represent Hampshire in the English Schools Final, and currently has 11 athletes ranked in the top 19 in the UK, and two para-athletes ranked in the UK top three in their respective age groups and disciplines.
Bron now mentors newer throws coaches and it cannot be disputed that she is well liked and respected in the community. In the words of her nominator, “As a mentor Bron is amazing… I am still drawing on her vast knowledge and learning new things every week.”
Among all of this, Bron also found time to train to win the World Weightlifting Championships an incredible 13 times between 1993 & 2013. An incredibly worthy winner of the National Coach of the Year 2017!