Judo club hails success at Sports Awards

Coleraine Judo Club attendees at this year's Sports Awards ceremony with Sports Administrator winner Peter Cuckoo (front left) and highly commended Coach of the year Philip Duncan (back row fourth from right)
Coleraine Judo Club attendees at this year's Sports Awards ceremony with Sports Administrator winner Peter Cuckoo (front left) and highly commended Coach of the year Philip Duncan (back row fourth from right)
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Coleraine Judo Club is delighted with the award of Sports Administrator of the Year to their Secretary Peter Cuckoo at the recent ceremony in the Lodge Hotel.

Although Peter has never actually done judo, he has four children associated with the club and two of them are black belts (Rebecca and Stephen). The club has gone from strength to strength during his tenure, winning many medals and clinching the Sports Club of the Year Award in 2012. Much of this success is through Peter’s hard work which often goes unnoticed.

In addition to his role of Honorary Secretary, Peter is Club Welfare Officer. This includes being responsible for child protection matters, updating criminal record checks on coaches and helpers along with ensuring their qualifications are up to date. Peter is also a qualified Table Official and helps out in this capacity at most Northern Ireland competitions. During July he assisted at the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast and last weekend at the Irish Open in Dublin.

A highly commended award to Philip Duncan in the Coach of the Year category gave another boost to the Judo Club, especially those attending Friday’s reception. Much of the club’s recent success ‘on the mat’ is due to the efforts of Philip who is diligent at keeping pace with coaching methods and regularly attends coach revalidation events. This year he introduced a senior session on Wednesdays which compliments the Friday training. Philip is particularly apt at coaching the Junior Club as is seen in a continual stream of medals and grade promotions. The Club thanks the Coleraine Sports Council and the many sponsors who make the awards ceremony such a success.