John Black

Martial Arts

John has been dedicated to his sport since the age of 9.  His dedication has been recognised Worldwide with many visits to Japan to study his sport under the masters.  In 1986 he established the Scottish Jui Jitsu Renmei and Kuro Kaze Jui Jitsu Ryu training that attracted many young students.  Despite a spell of ill health he continued to travel the world to take part in competitions, and was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and was awarded Supreme International Grand Master of the year and International Martial Arts Coach of the year.

 

He brings his understanding of his sport and his expertise to his students in a positive and knowledgeable way.  As a Master of his chosen Art and now at 77 years of age he continues to coach his students with positivity in their sport, applying principles to their life.

Andrew Hamilton

Taekwon-Do

Over the past year Andrew Hamilton has worked tirelessly growing and building Little Tigers, Active Tiger and indeed the older Taekwon-Do classes around Inverclyde.  Little Tigers is the youngest of the Taekwon -Do family starting at age 3 which develops basic skills jumping, hopping, balance.  Active Tigers progress onto further skills and movements within Taekwon-Do.  Both these group are given encouragement with regular award ceremonies.  Older students work through their patterns and attend their gradings.  Coaching involves many aspects of Taekwon-Do for example patterns and sparring.  Another very important aspect that a student of Taekwon-do also learns are the life skills of, discipline, respect, co-operation, self esteem, confidence and achievement. Andrew has spent much of his time during 2018 building the classes, encouraging students to bring friends, opening two new classes, 1 in Port Glasgow and 1 in Gourock and devoting lunchtimes and afterschool time to Active Schools to promote Taekwon-Do throughout the schools in Inverclyde.

Ally Hunter

Rugby

Alex McWaters

Football

 In 2015 Alex led his under 19 teams to Scottish cup victory, which was the first for about 40 years for any Inverclyde team to do so, poss longer. What was great about this team was Alex has work with them from the beginning. As the club was receiving more kids into the system but less coaches volunteering, Alex dropped back down again to take 7 aside team so that no kid would have to lose out on getting the experience. Alex took this team for 1.5years and this team them disbanded as 3 qtrs of the team progressed on to Morton youth academy, all benefiting for the excellent coaching and experience from Alex. Alex tried to ensure that they were all aware of what would be asked of them and he also attended there matches when they moved on as he wanted to ensure that the boys where getting the best shot they could.  Alex again didn't stop there he went on to assist with another team this year so that due to decrease in coaches( these are all volunteers and circumstances change) this team would not lose out.  Alex also ties in with other clubs to ensure that when times are tough for the clubs that its better to stick together and get the best for everyone rather than individually.

Gemma Stewart

Football

Gemma became involved with Morton Girls in 2014 and since then has established herself as competent and experienced coach and a true role model for our players.

After initially taking on an assistant role, Gemma has developed her coaching skills as well as gaining qualifications along the way. She has recently completed her Scottish FA Children’s Award (level 4) and regularly seeks out opportunities to up-skill herself undertaking courses on first aid, para sport and Mental Health First Aid training among others. 

In her time at Morton Girls Gemma has taken on the role of

*U11s assistant coach

*U11s head coach

*U13s assistant coach

*U13s head coach

*U15s head coach

*U11s head coach

*U13s assistant coach

*U13s head coach

*U15s head coach

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Coach of the Year

2018

FINALISTS