Young Sunderland swimming coach gets royal approval from princess

Adam Woods receiving his award from Princess Anne.
Adam Woods receiving his award from Princess Anne.
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A WEARSIDE swimming coach is riding on the crest of a wave after being presented with a national award from Princess Anne.

Adam Woods, a student at the University of Sunderland, won the Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year at the Sports Coach UK awards evening, in Glasgow.

The 18-year-old, who is studying a BSc in Sports Coaching, was recognised for his work coaching water polo, disability swimming sessions and lifesaving lessons.

He said: “It was an honour to receive an award, although you don’t coach for the rewards, you do it to bring the best out of the kids.

“It’s nice to be recognised for something that you do. It all felt a bit surreal. Glasgow City Chambers is an amazing building and to meet Princess Anne was a huge privilege in itself, it is a moment that will never be forgotten.” 

Last month, Adam, from Durham, also won the County Durham Sport Young Coach of the Year title, for the second year in a row, and was presented with the award by BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the North East, Katy Mclean.