BASKETBALL: CHESTER Wheelchair Jets basketball coach Tim Janvier has joined a long list of 40 young people for a national awards scheme sponsored by Whitbread.
The Whitbread Young Achiever awards (WYA), now in their second year, aim to celebrate exceptional, and often unsung, achievements by young volunteers aged between 16 and 25. There are four categories: arts, community, environment and sport.
The 24-year-old, who was also on Chester Jets' bench in British Basketball League games last season, was nominated in the sport category - which is sponsored by David Lloyd Leisure and Sport England - by Dr Trevor Gauntlett who is secretary and coach of the Bromborough Bulldogs basketball team.
Tim, who has been coaching for five years, devotes 20 hours a week to volunteering, as head coach of both the Bulldogs and the Chester Wheelchair Jets, a wheelchair basketball club in the British national league.
As well as coaching, he sits on a number of committees overseeing the development of the sport, fundraising, organising tournaments and running open sessions for newcomers.
He also finds time to coach two members of the GB wheelchair basketball squad and tries to raise disability awareness at road-shows and through talks. In addition, he runs open sessions on outdoor courts in less advantaged areas of the Wirral to show people the opportunities that are available.
Said Dr Gauntlett: 'Through substantial commitment, Tim has increased involvement in the sport. He has achieved a great deal in five years, especially coming into coaching at such a young age, and developed an excellent reputation within the sports community, with many people now coming to him for advice and guidance.'
Tim will have to wait until August 15 to find out whether he has made it on to the final shortlist.