TOP OF THE CLASS

Sarah Oxley, head coach for Gym Mania.has been awarded Wyre coach of the year .' Sarah (front) is pictured with William Ellison, Charlie Wilson, Madeleine Francis, Morgan Wilson, Owen Reeds and Lilly Wilson.
Sarah Oxley, head coach for Gym Mania.has been awarded Wyre coach of the year .' Sarah (front) is pictured with William Ellison, Charlie Wilson, Madeleine Francis, Morgan Wilson, Owen Reeds and Lilly Wilson.
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SARAH Oxley is jumping for joy after scooping the top title of Coach of the Year for Wyre.

The 29-year-old, from Thornton, has been running Gym Mania Gymnastics for children, at Poulton Youth and Community Centre, since 2005.

She has been announced as the winner of the Coach of the Year award, as part of Wyre Council’s Sports Development Awards.

She is also in the final of Lancashire Sports annual award ceremony to be held at the Hilton Hotel next month when the regional winner will be announced.

The primary school teacher runs and manages Gym Mania voluntarily in her spare time and has recruited and trained more than 35 weekly volunteer coaches.

She said: “I am delighted to have been nominated and won Wyre Coach of the Year, everything I have done for Gym Mania I could not have done without the support of my growing team of coaches and the support of the children and members.

“Gym Mania is like no other gymnastics club. It’s unique - our ethos, atmosphere and passion are like no other.

“Being voluntary run and a community interest group, our priority is with our members and we reinvest all profits into the club for the purchase of new, funky equipment.

“Running Gym Mania is hard work, but I wouldn’t be without it.

“I wanted to give to the gymnastics world something more than other gymnastics club offer. There is more to developing gymnastics than just skills, it’s about developing the whole child - including their confidence and experiences, to prepare them for all sports, but most importantly – to have fun.

“Gym Mania has been more successful than I ever imagined.”

The club was presented with the Gym Mark - a sign of a safe, friendly and secure club - earlier in the year by Olympic gymnast Hannah Whelan, who came to visit and said the children were “the happiest little gymnasts” she had ever met and described the dedication of the volunteer coaches as ‘outstanding.’

Sarah, who teaches at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, in Cleveleys, says she tries to make sure all children - including those from special schools - are included in mainstream sessions and the emphasis remains on fun.

For more information, call Sarah on 0773 133 8122 or email gymmania2004@aol.com