Coach of the Year Awards - Outstanding Team Motivation winner

22 March 2007
by Carnalea Wado Kai
The listing was posted by Mizukara

‘Against all the odds’ award.  That really sums up the achievements of the Northern Ireland junior karate team who collected an astounding five medals at the WKC World Championships in October.
In recognition of this at Thursday night’s Coaching NI, Coach of the Year Awards, the Northern Ireland Team manager, Jeff Hillis, was awarded this accolade as the coach who excelled in motivating his team most to achieve and deliver. Jeff, a BT Manager, has been coaching karate at club level for over sixteen years and seven years at International level. He also still competes himself at international level and is due to compete at the Senior World Championships in Italy this June.
Jeff was absolutely delighted to receive the award. He immediately added “It is an award in recognition for the efforts of everyone involved with the Ulster Karate Council squad development over the last three years.”
“In our squad we instil belief, team motivation and the feel good factor. This combined with a structured training programme, fitness training, technical skills and nutrition guidance all combined to produce our most remarkable result.”
“When I took over the position as national coach a few years ago our senior squad was in decline in terms of age profile and we had no junior squad in development. I am very proud to say Northern Ireland now has a junior team capable of competing at the highest level and one that is now starting to feed a constant supply of talented individuals who can represent and win for their country at senior international level.
Carnalea coach, David Brashaw, who nominated Jeff added "If anyone deserved this it was Jeff.  Northern Ireland karate achievements over the last few years have been remarkable. Without Jeff at the helm, this simply would not have happened.  We were double delighted to be congratulated on the team's success that evening by motovational speaker Frank Dick OBE."