Aberdeen student wins sports coaching accolade

Aberdeen student wins sports coaching accolade

A University of Aberdeen student has been named Sports Scotland Young Coach of the Year for his work with young athletes.

James Joy, one of the University’s Athletics Sports Bursars, has been coaching since he was 16. Over the past year he has been responsible for coaching other Aberdeen University Athletic Club members, the Hydrasun Athletics Groups (of which he is a member) and Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club groups.

The third year chemical engineering student is himself an accomplished athlete.

James, a middle distance runner, has many running achievements to his name; most notably he was the Scottish, under 23, 800m champion in 2010.

At the start of this summer, representing the University of Aberdeen, he took part in the British Universities’ Championships at the new Olympic stadium in London.

James said “I am delighted to have won the award and to have been recognised.

“I know the value of good coaching and support. I have had excellent coaches and I have also enjoyed the benefits of being a sports bursar over the past three years.

“Through coaching others, I believe I am giving something back.”

James was nominated by his coaches, Joyce and Ken Hogg, who coach the University Athletics group.

He will be presented with the award at a ceremony later this year.