Ania Negele awarded Coach of the Year

Ania Negele awarded Coach of the Year

On Saturday 8th December, Weightlifting Wales held their first ever Annual Awards evening, with awards being given out to athletes, coaches and volunteers acknowledging their achievements, efforts and contributions throughout what has been a fantastic year for Weightlifting Wales. The evening consisted of a three course meal, followed by the awards ceremony, and an inspirational talk from board member and 5 time Paralympian John Harris.  

After an exciting and busy 2018, Ania Negele (pictured, right hand side), a Regional Development Officer and Coach based in Swansea, was nominated for the Coach of the Year award along with Dave Jones of Bangor Weightlifting Club, Christie-Marie Williams of Caerphilly Barbell and Chris Blackwell of Crossfit Llantrisant. Ania’s journey did not start as a coach; she came into the sport as an aspiring athlete, but in 2015 Ania was diagnosed with Kidney Disease which changed her goals significantly.  Unable to continue in her athletic pursuit, Ania took the opportunity to become a Weightlifting coach and Regional Development Officer for Weightlifting Wales, alongside her full time job. She has since been part of developing young lifters, as well as Commonwealth athlete Tayla Howe, along with also making history earlier in 2018 when she became the first female coach to be part of the Welsh Weightlifting team at the Commonwealth Games. Ania’s influence as a coach has had such an impact within the organisation and the Weightlifting community in Wales, that her achievements and contributions were fittingly recognised during the awards ceremony with Ania being given the award for Coach of the Year. 

Ania’s story is one we hope will help to inspire others who may face adversity in their career. To read about it, you can see her recent post on her Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrORMsmnSCD/