Derek Allison Awarded

Director of coaching at the British Orienteering Federation (BOF), Derek Allison will be inducted into the Coaching Hall of Fame by HRH The Princess Royal at the UK 2004 Coaching Awards, (Thursday 2 December). The Coaching Awards is a prestigious ceremony held at the Caféoyal, London and organised by sports coach UK. The event is sponsored by AT Kearney, one of the world’s largest management consulting firms.

Allison receives the Dyson Medal, which celebrates individuals who have continuously contributed to the development and management of coaching in the UK. He will be alongside other successful coaches being rewarded at the ceremony including England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher and Olympic hero Amir Khan’s mentor Terry Edwards. Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent’s rowing coach JüGrobler will also receive a lifetime achievement award in honour of the fantastic work he has done over the years with the hugely successful Olympians.

On receiving the award Allison says: “I'm delighted that the work done in developing coaching in orienteering has been recognised by sports coach UK. In looking down the list of previous winners of the Geoffrey Dyson Award, I feel very honoured on behalf of myself and my sport.”

Derek Allison, was appointed director of coaching of the British Orienteering Federation (BOF) in 1992 with responsibility for the development and delivery of the BOF Coaching Programme from grass roots to world championship level.

In addition to his director of coaching role, in 2002 he took over the job of orienteering performance director. With the new slim line coaching team, Britain had its most successful World Championships in 2003 with a gold and bronze medal. This was followed in 2004 with its most successful Junior World Championships.

(source BOF)

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