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Matt Lawrence and Colin Radmore receive Mussabini awards

Huge congratulations to paracanoe coaches Matt Lawrence and Colin Radmore who were both awarded Mussabini medals at the 2021 UK Coaching Awards, in recognition of their achievements from the summer Paralympics.

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The pair both coached athletes to medal winning performances at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, where the British team won an incredible seven medals in Japan, including three gold to top the paracanoe medal table.

The Mussabini medal is presented to all the gold medal winning coaches after each Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Matt Lawrence coached Emma Wiggs MBE to her second and third Paralmpic medals, including a dominating gold in the women’s VL2 event, which made its debut in at the Tokyo Games.

Emma then went on to win silver in the women’s KL2 event just 24 hours later.

Speaking after receiving the award, Matt Lawrence said:

“I’m delighted to receive the Mussabini medal after what has been a great year in paracanoe for the team. 

After what has been a long cycle and a challenging final year dealing with Covid, it was fantastic to see the team deliver strong performances in Tokyo to top the medal table, and for myself and Colin to receive this award on top is testament to us as a team.

– Matt Lawrence

Having been awarded the medal in 2016 after the Rio Games, Colin Radmore coached his athletes to a further two gold medals and two bronze medals in Tokyo.

Charlotte Henshaw claimed gold on her paracanoe Paralympic debut in the women’s KL2 after making the switch from swimming back in 2017, whilst Colin also coached Laura Sugar to women’s KL3 gold on her first Paralympics in sport, making a meteoric rise since joining the programme back in 2018.

The Mussabini Medal is awarded to recognise the contribution of coaches of British performers who have achieved outstanding success on the world stage. The award is named after Sam Mussabini, who is considered a pioneer of professional sports coaching. Between the 1908 and 1928 Olympic Games he coached athletes to eleven medals, including five gold.

A full list of recipients can be found here