Ice skating coach scoops top industry award

Colleagues at Lammas Leisure Centre are celebrating after ice skating coach, Louisa Chatwin was crowned ‘Physical Activity Champion of the Year’ at this year’s Active Uprising Awards (formerly the Flame Awards) – one of the sports and leisure sector’s most prestigious events.

The event took place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Thursday (21 June). Sports stars from across the UK came together to celebrate a vast range of organisations and individuals.

More than 800 guests saw star hosts Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Professor Greg Whyte present the award for ‘Physical Activity Champion of the Year’ to Louisa, in recognition of her outstanding work and commitment to encouraging people of all ages and abilities to learn how to skate.

Over the last decade, Louisa has taught hundreds of adults and children how to improve their skills on the ice, and was even selected as Team GB’s Head Coach at the 2017 All Inclusive Olympics following her exceptional work with Everyone Active Sporting Champion and para-skate star, Meg McFarlane.

“All of our colleagues at Lammas Leisure Centre are immensely proud that Louisa’s outstanding work and commitment to the sport has been recognised in this way. She is truly an asset to our team and we look forward to continuing to work with Louisa to teach people across Ashfield how to skate.”

Paul Blakemore, Everyone Active’s general manager

“It’s great to hear that Louisa has been recognised for her hard work and dedication. She is an inspiration to the all the people she teaches, and Ashfield is lucky to have such a high quality sports coach working within its leisure centres.”

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council