BASKETBALL: ELLESMERE Port Panthers coach Tim Janvier has completed an impressive double by scooping a brace of prestigious awards.
The 24-year-old who also coaches Bromborough Bulldogs and the wheelchair team at TCS Chester Jets was named Sport England's Disabled Coach of the Year before picking up the UK Young Coach of the Year Award from Princess Anne.
The latter, presented at London's Cafe Royal, was for coaches in all sports across the country.
Tim said: 'I received a letter about the Young Coach award and I thought it was about the title I'd already got, but then I was told I had to travel down to London and wasn't able to tell anyone about it. It was a huge shock for me but a terrific evening.'
Tim puts in approximately 60 hours a week of basketball coaching at his three clubs but only started out through chance after picking up a sports injury.
He said: 'I was 18 years old and my best friend accidently broke my shoulder when we were playing football. I was told I'd be out for up to a year and would only ever get 80% of my movement back.'
During his enforced lay-off, Tim took his coaching qualifications and worked under Tony Whitehead, who has been coaching on the Wirral for more than 30 years.
After graduating from university at Lancaster, where he studied for a degree in Environmental Management in 2002, Tim answered the call of England wheelchair basketball international Anna Jackson, who was in the process of reforming the Chester club.
Tim said: 'After the disbanding of the old Rockets, Chester's wheelchair basketball team were coming under the Jets' umbrella. I've been a Jets fan for many years and I saw Anna's request for a coach on the club's online message board and I was the only person who answered so it was a pretty easy interview.
Now into his third full season with Jets' wheelchair side, Tim also coaches six teams at the Bulldogs club, is involved with Ellesmere Port Panthers' U18s and U16s and is often in Jets' first-team squad as a bench player.
Tim said: 'I come from a family of teachers so I think it's something in the genes that makes me want to help people and give them an opportunity. I want to make people the best they can be. Nobody I coach is going to make a career out of playing but if they can learn some life lessons through basketball then it's been worthwhile.
'I teach them team concepts and the idea that if they stay together in what is a thinking game, then they'll do well. You've got to be tough though, both in basketball and life in general and you can't shy away from problems.'
Tim, whose long-term goal is to coach high school basketball in the USA, reveals it's the little things in coaching that give him the most satisfaction.
He said: 'There's a lass in the wheelchair team who did not have much confidence when she first came to us but now she's improved not just as a player but as a person and has got a job and is learning to drive.
'Also, when I was at Jets' summer camp, there was a kid who had hardly played before. He had a few difficulties to start off with and was very shy, but by the end of the week he was starting to talk and make friends. For me, my coaching is more about things like that than the results.'