Natalie Porter and awards seem to go hand in hand, the 21-year-old gymnast picked up her sixth award from the News dating back to 2004 when she first landed a runner-up prize in the young sportswoman category. But Porter now combines her competitive gymnastics with passing on her expertise to talented youngsters and spreading the word in local schools.
After being honoured by the National aerobic technical Committee for her efforts in improving the SUKI gymnasts at her club, Porter admitted she still wasn’t anticipating her coach of the year prize.
‘I was runner-up as young sportswoman in 2004 and 2005, then I won it in 2006 and 2007 and was also runner-up for sportswoman in 2007. But this was my ?rst one for coaching and I was delighted. I never expect to get them. I was sitting there with my coat on – I didn’t think I was getting anything but I always like to come along! I absolutely love coaching. I still compete, so hopefully the people I coach think I know what I’m talking about. I’ve got a competition this weekend, which is my ?rst national this year and it’s the ?rst leg of the trials for the World Championship. So I still enjoy the competitive side of the sport.’
c/o - Steve Wilson, The News