Swimming's Billy Pye wins Sport Wales coach of the year
Paralympic Games swimming coach Billy Pye
has been named Sport Wales Coach of the Year for 2012.
Pye's Swansea-based swimmers included Ellie Simmonds, who
won two golds two gold medals at the 2012 Games.
He pipped Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland to the high
performance coach of the year award.
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Swansea-based swimming coach Billy Pye has been named as a
finalist in the High-Performance category of the UK Coaching Awards
2012: Supported by Gillette.
Billy coached seven swimmers on the GB team at the London 2012
Paralympic Games. His swimmers, who inlcude Eleanor
Simmonds and Stephanie Millward, came away with two gold,
three silver, and five bronze medals, as well as two world
The medals added to his athletes' collection of
Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles with swimmers
that include David Roberts, Ellie Simmonds and Liz Johnson.
Billy has been a key partner in developing disability swimming
talent and performance pathways from Swim Wales into British
Swimming programmes, while he has helped to mentor coaches and
swimmers at National competitions.
Also shortlisted for the High-Performance Coach of the Year
Award are David Weir's coach Jenny Archer, Rory McIlroy's coach
Michael Bannon, Hannah Cockroft's coach Peter Eriksson, Ben
Ainslie's coach David Howlett, Women's Team Pursuit and Omnium
cycling coach Paul Manning, Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello,
and Greg Rutherford and Johnnie Peacock's coach Dan Pfaff.
The Awards take place at the Lancaster, London in a glittering
ceremony on the evening of 20 November.