A report is just in about the presentation of the European Athletics Coaching Award to 19 Russian coaches during last month’s 2012 Russian Championships in Cheboksary.
The award diplomas and silver European Athletics pins were given in a special ceremony during the championships by European Athletics Council member and All-Russia Athletic Federation Vice-president Vadim Zelichenok.
A crowd of several thousand fans, colleagues and athletes in the stadium cheered the recipients, many of whom were visibly delighted to receive the prestigious professional recognition.
The award is given to coaches whose athletes win gold medals at senior European Athletics Championships (Outdoors, Indoors, Cross Country, Mountain Running) and to coaches nominated by their federations based on the criteria “excellence in coaching”.
It is designed to recognise the highest level of success working with athletes and to create motivation for specialists in different field of athletics coaching such as work with young athletes, coach education and the development of coaching methodology.
To date, nearly 100 coaches from 36 countries have received the award, which can be won only once by an individual.
The coaches honoured in Cheboksary earned their awards in 2010, the first year the awards were given, and in 2011.
The coaches and the European Champion they worked with were:
A twentieth award was given to Viktor Chegin, the coach of the 2010 European Champions in the race walk Stanislav Yemelyanov and Olga Kaniskina. Chengin was unable to be in Cheboksary and received his award later at the Saransk Olympic Training Centre.
The first two European Athletics Coaching Awards for 2012 will be presented to selected representative coaches (one male and one female) in St Julians, Malta, on 13 October. The remainder of the year’s awards will be distributed by European Athletics Member Federations in national ceremonies.
For more information on the European Athletics Coaching Awards click here.
- Tatyana Reshetnikova (Kseniya Zadorina),
- Yevgeny Bondarenko (Svetlana Feofanova),
- Anatoliy Ponomarenko (Anna Avdeyeva),
- Yekaterina Podkopayeva (Yelena Arzhakova),
- Anatoly Krauss (Pavel Trenikhin),
- Matvey Telyatnikov (Anastasiya Kapachinskaya),
- Mikhail Kuznetsov (Yuliya Zaripova),
- Rif Tababilov (Olesya Krasnomovets and Kseniya Ustalova),
- Sergey Popov (Tatyana Firova),
- Vladimir Kazarin (Mariya Savinova),
- Vladimir Tipayev (Antonina Krivoshapka),
- Yevgeny Zagorulko (Aleksandr Shustov),
- Aleksandra Kosareva (Vladimir Krasnov),
- Yekaterina Kulikova (Natalya Antyukh),
- Zukhra Vereshchagina (Anastasiya Kapachinskaya and Maksim Dyldin),
- Olga Pavlova (Yelena Migunova),
- Sergey Yepishin (Yelena Arzhakova),
- Valentin Maslakov (Kseniya Vdovina),
- Olga Shemigon (Darya Klishina).