Coach of the Year

This award is presented to a coach who has made a major contribution to the lives of people through their coaching over the past year.


Tony Perrin, 62, Hockey

Tony Perrin has devoted a great part of his life to coaching youngsters at Lincoln Hickey Club and has been instrumental in gaining Club First Status for Lincoln Hockey Club. Perhaps Tony’s greatest achievement has been his coaching and management of the Lincolnshire Men’s County side which this year has become the England Hockey County Champions. 3 years ago Lincolnshire were struggling in Division C of the County Championship leagues. Under Tony’s guidance they achieved promotion to Division B and in the season 2011-12 took their place in the premier division A. Tony’s ambition was to stay in that division and his progress with the players had this as their first aim. Beat Staffordshire, one of the country’s leading county sides 3 – 1 in the exciting final at Wakefield in June of this year. This was a fine achievement for Tony whose interest has always been in progressing the sport in the county and to win the County Championship under his leadership has to be a very worthwhile and memorable milestone.

Also nominated…

Roger Hobby, 70, Cycling

Roger is the main coach of Velo Club Lincoln. At the start of the year he coached 20 young cyclists at the Yarborough Leisure Cycle Track and now at the end of the summer season he has over 70 youngsters aged from 5-16. He has coaching sessions every Monday and Wednesday evenings, more in the school holidays, and takes juniors out on road coaching on Saturday mornings and afternoons, he also helps out with the senior riders at Yarborough on Sunday’s. He has been a British Cycling Coach for 40 years and has managed British and regional teams in International events. Two of his most recent successes are Lincolnshire under 14 champion James Armstrong and 15 year old Brennan Laws who has had many top places in open races.

Tracey Wilkinson, 45, Triathlon

Tracey was instrumental in setting up Louth Triathlon Club in December 2012 and has recently undertaken and passed her Level 2 Triathlon Coaching badge. She is senior swim coach at the club, playing a vital role in recruiting and sustaining the high number of members at this recently formed club. A role model to existing and future members in making the transition from recreational participant in other sports to successful Triathlon Club member and coach. Attends committee meetings playing a key role in the growth and development of the club, which is now working towards UK Triathlon’s Clubmark award. She has undertaken a qualification to become a Breeze Cycle Instructor. Each week Tracey coaches up to 20 women, from novices to experienced cyclists, and has successfully recruited additional coaches to help cater for demand. Tracey has been so successful at this that she has secured funding to put her through her Level 2 Cycling qualification. Tracey is a dedicated, knowledgeable and well respected coach. She has shown her ability to adapt across different sports and to coach people of all ages and abilities. Further more she has led from the front inspiring people through not only her coaching but also her hands on participation.