Swimming: Prestigious award for Ashville coach

HONOURED: Swimming coach Corrinne Tantrum has won a top award after being nominated by local Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
HONOURED: Swimming coach Corrinne Tantrum has won a top award after being nominated by local Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
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An Ashville College swimming coach has landed a prestigious national award – after being nominated by Leeds’ Olympic triathlon heroes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.

Corrinne “Coz” Tantrum, who has been teaching at the Harrogate school for six years, scooped the Coaching Chain Award at the UK Coaching Awards 2012.

More than 400 coaches covering 35 sports were nominated for the awards, which were held in London’s Lancaster Hotel.

Toni Minichiello, Jessica Ennis’ coach was named UK Coach of the Year and all the coaches of a London 2012 gold medallist were rewarded with an induction into the Coaching Hall of Fame.

Tantrum has provided tailor-made training for the pair at Bradford Swimming Club with her reward recognising the contribution made by a group of individuals throughout an elite athlete’s life.

Tantrum, who recently accompanied the Ashville swimming team on its annual training camp to Barcelona, trained Alastair Brownlee to his first junior championship win.

The Ashville ace, who lives in Steeton, was thrilled with her award – and the original nomination from the Brownlee boys!

“I’m ecstatic to have won the Coaching Chain Award and grateful to Alistair and Jonathan for putting my name forward,” said Tantrum.

“It’s a huge honour for me and it’s moments like this which make me so proud to be a coach.”

Phil Holmes, Ashville College’s director of sports, added: “Coz is a superb coach and we are incredibly lucky to have her teaching our swimmers at Ashville. She is an inspirational teacher who always manages to get the very best from her students.

“I’m delighted she has won this very important award after a nomination by not one but two Olympic medallists.”

Also celebrating from Ashville is a 15-year-old archery ace who picked up a major title in the Northern Counties Indoor Championships.

Matthew Stanley won the Junior Gentlemen Compound Under-16s category in the competition held in Temple Park Leisure Centre, in South Shields.

Shooting a Bristol 2 round, he set a new personal best score and won the Under-16s compound trophy for Yorkshire, as well as being able to claim his Red Rose Award.

Phil Holmes, Ashville College director of sports, said: “We are delighted for Matt’s success in both the indoor and outdoor championships.

“We have pupils representing Yorkshire in netball, hockey, rugby and now archery. Matt trains very hard and I’m confident we will see this success continuing for many more years to come.”

Only Last month, Stanley, who is part of St George’s Archery Club, represented Yorkshire at the Northern Counties Outdoor Target Championship.

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