Club: Newcastle Fencing and Pentathlon club

Nominated: Iain Aberdeen

Role: Head Coach

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Iain has been the Head Coach at Newcastle Fencing and Sports Trust since 2007, when the club was first established, coaching fencing and modern pentathlon shooting. He provides opportunities to the local community from beginners to elite level and his dedication to coaching has enabled people to reach Great Britain standards, representing their county in many different age categories.

Ruth Robson, treasurer of the club, nominated Iain to thank him for his longstanding service to the club and for his work with developing talented young athletes up to international level.

Ruth said “Iain has coached my son Ross, who was a complete pentathlon beginner two years ago and has now represented Great Britain twice and became a member of the Pentathlon GB World Class Talent Programme. Ross could not have achieved anywhere near this level without Iain’s constant guidance, motivation and support. We are immensely grateful to him and no-one could deserve the Pass on Your Passion award more”.

Iain said, “I am a strong believer that sport can help aid mental and physical development for all members of the community. I want to support people in overcoming the barriers to participation, both socially and economically, to promote fencing and pentathlon”.

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Iain has made a difference in people’s lives through sport and has coached 250 fencers to national and international level. Although the club has many talented athletes representing their country, they also have thriving weekly recreational sessions for people of all ages, abilities and disabilities. Activities are also delivered to socially disadvantaged groups, making the club very inclusive to all participants.

All of the members of the club enjoy their sport, and this is something that Iain has rooted in the culture of Newcastle Fencing and Sport Trust to make sure athletes are fully motivated to train and compete. Some club members started as children and have continued their association with the club as adults; this is the legacy that his teaching and enthusiasm has created.

Ruth said, “If we did not have an inspirational head coach like Iain, there would be a huge hole in the provision of fencing and shooting in the North East. He inspires everyone to strive to improve their skills and to enjoy regular participation in sport”.

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