Katie Parker, Performance Sport and Fitness Officer, has been nominated for the title ‘Talent Development Coach of the Year’ in the UK Coaching awards 2017. Winners of what are their 20th anniversary awards will be announced in London on 30 November.
Katie said: “I was beyond shocked. I love coaching and furthering athletes, and to receive recognition on top of that is a real bonus. Being a strength and conditioning coach, you don’t expect to be noticed in the coaching world. It’s an honour to be flying the flag for all strength and conditioning professionals.”
Katie, with 10 years’ experience coaching football, lacrosse, cricket and athletics, has a background in elite sport. She began her career coaching goalkeepers at MK Dons and went on to coach at Watford FC. She has coached elite athletes in the UK, USA and the Caribbean and teams have included the Welsh international lacrosse team and four county cricket clubs.
In 2015 she was awarded the UK Strength and Conditioning Association’s emerging coach of the year award.
Katie said: “I love helping athletes reach their potential and seeing them go from being good to being great. It’s what drives me.”