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Helen in line for award

Thursday 13 October 2011

Cardiff sprints coach Helen James has made a short list of three candidates for Sport Wales' annual Female Coach of the Year award. Helen has been coaching for 17 years and was made a life member of Cardiff AAC for her outstanding service to the club both as an athlete and as a coach. She has also received Welsh Athletics' Meritorious Award. Her rivals for this accolade are Jean Foster from netball and Mair Phillips fom karate.

Helen has a group of 25 athletes which includes Gareth Hopkins, Gareth Price, Ryan Cooper, Lara Durrani and Anex da Silva all of whom have represented Wales this year. Her former successes include many Welsh champions. Chris Czekaj who has gone on to a successful rugby career including Welsh international caps was also coached by Helen when he competed for the club.

Helen herself was an extremely good sprinter, having been Welsh 100m champion and representing Wales on many occasions. She also held the Welsh indoor 60m sprint record.

Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister said:

"We have an outstanding group of finalists and I'm looking forward to meeting them and hearing more about their inspirational work in Welsh sport."

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff, on Wednesday 16th November 2011.

Good luck to Helen.