A dedicated coach – who has been the driving force behind disabled badminton in the UK – has landed a national award.
Lyndon Williams, who lives in Bonnyrigg, has been named the sportscotland Disability Coach of the Year in recognition of his tireless work on a club, national, and world stage.
The 48-year-old – who has been coaching for 28 years – devotes more than 35 hours a week to coaching and is now dreaming of seeing parabadminton included in the Paralympics.
The sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards provide the opportunity to thank coaches, officials, and volunteers for their dedication and recognise their achievements.
Lyndon has been involved in badminton since taking up the sport at the age of six, and after a promising playing career was cut short due to injury he has ploughed all his energy into coaching.
In 2008, Lyndon set up Lothian Disability Badminton Club, which is based in Musselburgh Sports Centre, East Lothian, and Bathgate Academy, West Lothian.
The club has grown year on year, with players of all abilities welcomed along.
Lyndon said: “As a coach you expect other people to be winning awards, so it was certainly unexpected to get this accolade and I am absolutely delighted.
“It’s great for our club as well though, as it’s recognition for how far it has come since being started in 2008.”
Lyndon is involved in all levels of coaching and works closely with BADMINTONscotland, and Scottish Disability Sport, as well as having an enormous impact at.
The passionate coach said: “I started getting involved in disability badminton in 2003, and having started the club up things have just gone from strength to strength.
“When I first got involved in disability coaching it was something very new in badminton and there was very little being done.
“We have already had some great success over a very short period and now the big aim is for parabadminton to be included in the Paralympics in 2020.”
Lyndon received a commemorative trophy, certificate and cheque for £300 towards his development to recognise his achievement. The 2012 awards saw the highest ever number of entries across all nine categories, with 200 applications flooding in from across the country.
More information on the awards and the winners can be found at www.sportscotland.org.uk/COVawards.