Head Coach for Boccia Wales and GB Performance Coach, Peter
Pearse has been involved in the sport for more than 20 years and in
November was crowned the Sport Wales Coach of the Year.
Peter joined Boccia Wales as Head Coach in 2007 and all the
performers under his guidance consistently excel in
In 2010, his squad has won countless titles across the UK and
Europe, and his Boccia athletes are on the GB fasttrack program
aiming for a place at London 2012.
At the recent GB Boccia Nationals in Scotland, two Welsh
players, Jacob Thomas and Karl Parish, brought back medals for
Karl Parish runner up (Silver Medalist) in the BC3 Category, and
Jacob Thomas was the winner (Gold Medalist) in the BC3
Jacob Thomas has now been selected to the GB Boccia Elite Squad
- a pathway to the London 2012 Paralympics.
Peter has an exceptional track record as an athlete, being a
four times Paralympian himself. His cool, calm training
approach is his trademark.
Peter, aged 39, from Hertfordshire said:
"I have coached for around 20 years now. Since I retired as an
athlete in 2004 I have coached the entire continuum from
recreational activity through to GB elite squad athletes and
"In 2004 I came into contact with Anthony Hughes from the
Federation of Disability Sport Wales. A few phone calls,
emails, and some false starts later, I got involved Boccia
Wales. I have been made very welcome and I now feel like a
'cockney-welshman'. I am even teaching cockney to athletes
and support staff - but I must admit their boccia abilities are far
more advanced than their cockney. Boccia in Wales will always
have a special place in my heart. "
With regular coaching sessions in Cardiff, as well as with
athletes across different parts of the UK, Peter admits he is
addicted to coaching.
"There are so many positive aspects to being a coach,
particularly empowering individuals through boccia.
"In the future I'd like to see one or more of the Welsh athletes
I first came into contact with a couple of years ago, podium for
GB. Not for my own gratification, but to know that their hard work
and talent came to fruition. Also to make sure that Wales
continues to be a production line of GB potential."
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Already involved in coaching for eight years, Rebecca is
credited with helping to establish the renowned hockey fun centres
in Llanelli and helped to pioneer primary school work in
Head coach of UWIC's 2nd team and assistant coach at
Whitchurch Saints, she is also assistant coach at the Welsh Hockey
Union Regional Academy and assistant coach at Cardiff Performance
But Rebecca's commitment to hockey doesn't end there. She has
been secretary for the World Hockey Youth Panel since 2009 and is
on a working group tasked with establishing a GB Youth Panel that
will be a voice for young volunteers in hockey. It will even link
with the European and World youth panels.
Rebecca, aged 23, is a teacher at Fitzalan High School in
Cardiff. She said:
"I arrange my life around hockey.
"I started playing in secondary school and really enjoyed it.
Then when I went to college it carried on. One day I was in the
changing room and the local hockey development officer came up to
me and said she thought I had real potential to develop as a coach
because I could read the game so well.
"From there I was put on the Activator scheme and things have
"I love coaching - seeing players enjoying and achieving
"The hockey development officer who helped me is my role model,
and I hope I can be the same for the young people I work with.
"I was nominated to represent Wales in Canada and make a
presentation about youth hockey. I came runner-up out of about 30
people and I was asked if I'd join the world youth panel. It's a
Darrell is the Welsh Athletics Development Performance Coach,
his ever growing crop of talented athletes based at the National
Indoor Athletics Centre has produced some top class performances
From British university champions and medallists to Commonwealth
Games selection and GB representation, his athletes continue to
Performances this year include a Commonwealth Games silver medal
for para-athletics sprinter Jenny McLoughlin. A season of success
for 800m runner athlete Gareth Warburton culminated with a strong
showing in the competition final in Delhi.
Over the last few years Darrell, from Cwmbran, has established
himself very quickly as a hugely successful coach across many
events in the sport. He has work extensively with UK Athletics and
the Federation for Disability Sport Wales and with many athletes of
"I enjoy what I do and I endeavor to get my athletes to the
next level, which involves hard work from both the athletes
and myself. Performances therefore are very much a joint effort.
It's great that others feel the work we put in
deserves recognition by nominating me for this
"The majority of the year focused towards getting athletes to
qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Preparations started at the
indoor season and getting athletes running fast ready for the
"Planning and preparation seemed to go to plan with the majority
of athletes running personal bests. My athletes got to finals
in major championships and for many gained international
representation, which resulted in three being selected for the
"The best thing about coaching is seeing the athletes attaining
their personal goals, winning championships, gaining selection and
running personal bests.
"Knowing that I have helped in their progress and passed on my
knowledge is what you look for. Each athlete is an individual and
the challenge of getting the best out of them and seeing the
rewards give the best sense of achievement.
"Being a coach is also about self development and learning from
others. I am constantly learning from other coaches, academics and
even my athletes.
"Some of the best moments are when an athlete pats you on the
back and says thank you.
"As a coach I am still very much developing but getting ever
closer to the ultimate goal of one of my athletes winning an
For more than 50 years Betty Gray has been a living legend in
Welsh table tennis. The 90 year-old from Swansea has taken honours
all over the world - raising the profile of the game and acting as
official ambassador for the sport and Wales. This amazing
dedication led to Betty receiving the Sport Wales 2010 Lifetime
Achievement Award at the Sport wales Coach of the Year Awards.
Betty started playing table tennis in 1939. Nearly all the young
men had gone off to the war and sport provided an alternative
The Young Conservatives' Club had a table and it was there,
behind windows blacked out with wooden shutters, that Betty
discovered she was a ping-pong wizard.
Betty moved to the Post Office after 1945 and became a star
player in their mixed team.
She was Welsh champion for more than 10 years, won innumerable
medals, trophies, cake-stands and more then 250 cups.
During her playing career she has won gold in the European and
world singles championships for her age group and bronze in the
doubles - no mean feat for a woman with arthritis in her hands and
four steel pins in an ankle.
Betty is still an active coach and oversees weekly sessions and
competitions at leisure centres across the city.
Never has she let her youngsters down. Players flock to the
Swansea youth clubs, play schemes and training development sessions
she has helped to run for more than 30 years. Some are just five
Like most veterans who want to repay their chosen sport, she has
become more involved in administration. She's president of the
Table Tennis Association of Wales, of Swansea Table Tennis League
and of the new Cymru Veterans' Association.
In 2001 Betty was honoured for her services to Table Tennis in
the New Year's Honours List.
"I've travelled all over the world with table tennis -
Australia, Japan and all around Europe. We used to play in
countries behind the Iron Curtain and that was quite an
"Ever since I've been playing I've always helped the
"We've got 13 teams at the moment. I open the club, put the
equipment out, arrange all the matches and check that everything is
right to start on time. I'm on the phone all week!
"I think being involved in the club, and coaching, keeps me
going. I could never give up - four walls would drive me up the
"We're lucky that every summer we seem to get more youngsters
coming through and a number of our members play for Wales. We coach
beginners up to elite players.
"In fact, I was always given the job of coaching beginners when
they couldn't hold a bat because I've got more patience than the
"I played table tennis and tennis when I was younger. I suppose
cash-wise, I chose the wrong one. But I've enjoyed every minute of
it - I haven't regretted a minute".
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Winner of the Elite Performancer Coach of the Year award at the
2010 Sport Wales Coach of the Year awards, three of the four Welsh
swimming medals at the Commonwealth Games were won by athletes
under the guidance of Bud McAllister.
A highly respected coach, Bud is Head Coach of the British
Swimming Intensive Training Centre at the Wales National Pool,
Originally from Michigan, he has been coaching in Swansea for
three years. The season finished with a silver (200m) and bronze
(400m) for freestyler Jazz Carlin, and a bronze in the 50m
backstroke for Georgia Davies.
"I feel as if I've got the perfect job. I get one hundred
percent support from the people I work with in Swansea, Welsh
swimming and GB swimming - I respect them for that.
"As far as I'm concerned there's no better job I'm aware of.
Although having worked in California and Canada the weather could
be a bit better!
So what motivates the man from Michigan?
"There's always another big meet on the calendar to prepare for.
As good as the last race might have been, the challenge is to set
it up to the next level. That's certainly the case when thinking
about London 2012."
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