It’s a team award, says Bartu
Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu has won a prestigious West Country sports award.
Bartu received the Performance Coach of the Year award at the West of England Celebration of Sport Evening on Thursday 24 October . The awards ceremony was run by Wesport, the West of England Sport Trust and was held in Bristol.
Afterwards Bartu said the award was recognition of the work of everyone at Pentathlon GB.
“I was proud to be nominated but I really didn’t expect to win the award,” he said.
“I said in my interview that I was there to represent the Pentathlon GB Pathway,” he added. “It’s a great team of athletes, coaches, supporters and volunteers. It’s not a one-man show, it never has been and it never will be.
“I have the greatest respect for everyone who was nominated for the awards and in the work of Wesport, especially their efforts to get young people into sport and keep the London 2012 legacy going.”
Bartu contributed to the creation of the Pentathlon GB’s Pathway when he arrived in the post 15 years ago. Pentathlon GB programmes have generated a succession of medals at the very highest level and a pipeline of talented young athletes.
Wesport works to connect providers of sport and physical activity such as National Governing Bodies (NGB’s), local authorities, schools, colleges, universities, business, local sports clubs and organisations to increase the quantity and quality of opportunities for the people of the West of England to take part in.
Pentathlon GB has its high performance centre at the University of Bath.