Top paralympic dressage coach and chef d’equipe Jane Goldsmith joins the Coaching Hall of Fame today, in a ceremony at London’s Café Royal which will see her awarded the Sports Coach UK Mussabini Medal by HRH Princess Anne.
The Mussabini Medal celebrates the contribution of coaches of UK performers, who have achieved outstanding success on the world stage.
The British paralympic dressage team has won numerous team and individual gold medals since 1988, when Jane first began working with the riders to establish and maintain world class performances.
Jane says: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be joining the Hall of Fame alongside so many dedicated and talented coaches, both past and present and across all sports. I have learned so much from coaches from other sports and to get recognition for my coaching is just fantastic.”
Jane is among seven coaches joining the Coaching Hall of Fame this year from a variety of able-bodies and paralympic disciplines including gymnastics, athletics and paralympic swimming.
David Whitaker, chairman of Sports Coach UK, which works to maintain and improve coaching standards, says: “To be a great coach you have to give commitment – Jane has done exactly this. Britain’s Paralympic dressage team are world class and have enjoyed a wealth of success, thanks to Jane.
“The Coaching Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to the people who stand on the sidelines but are pivotal in developing sporting success.”