Posted on Tuesday 13 March 2012 by Jigsaw NI

Lynda Groves was nominated for the category of Coach in the Community within the East Belfast area in the Belfast Sports Awards 2012 by Clare Lagan - Manager, Jigsaw NI.

Belfast Sports Awards 2012

Photo 1. Peter Shaw – Director – BCSDN, Clare Lagan – Manager – Jigsaw NI, Lynda Groves – Swimming Coach – Jigsaw NI (Award winner), Bernie Kelly – Services Manager – Physical & Sensory Disability Belfast HSC Trust.

The Coach in the Community award category is to recognise the contribution of a community coach to sporting achievement and increasing participation within North, South, East or West Belfast.

Lynda has been a swimming instructor for Jigsaw NI within the East Belfast area, namely in Avoniel LC for over 5 years working with adults with varying types and levels of disability. She also coaches in Andersonstown LC and Grove well-being centre. Lynda is a very enthusiastic coach and works individually with all participants in the groups on a weekly basis, making sure the activity is pitched at the correct level for each person, so that they feel they are being challenged but have achievable goals. Lynda is also a National Trainer Assessor for pool lifeguard. Many service users have reported huge benefits from swimming and water activities, including increased confidence and self-esteem, learning new skills, relearning/adapting skills, being able to feel/use parts of their bodies that they couldn’t previously and also enjoyment of the social element of the sessions.

Lynda was invited to Belfast City Hall for the Belfast Sports Awards 2012 event, held on Thursday 8th March and was awarded the Coach in the Community for the East Belfast area category award. Lynda was in attendance accompanied by her son, Andrew and nominator Clare Lagan, Jigsaw NI. Lynda said “I am so delighted that the coaches and the work that goes on for people with disabilities are being recognised at such a prestigious event. I thank Jigsaw NI for the opportunity they provide me to work with and for adults with disabilities.” Clare Lagan, Manager of Jigsaw NI said “This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for Lynda. She has been working with Jigsaw NI for over 5 years and has made a significant difference to many of our service users lives. I am delighted that she has been recognised and rewarded and glad that she is one of our coaches.”

Belfast Sports Awards 2012

Photo 2. Paula Bradshaw – Director – GVRT presenting Lynda Groves – Swimming Coach – Jigsaw NI with her award.

Jigsaw NI is a charitable organisation that encourages adults with disabilities to participate in activities and learn new skills in a fun and supportive environment. They organise and facilitate Physical Activity and Art classes for adults with disabilities across Greater Belfast and Bangor. The Physical Activity classes range from Swimming, Soccer, Boccia, Chair-based Activity and Keep-Fit in the gym. All groups are made up of individuals with a range of disabilities, including Brain injury, Mobility problems, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory impairments, Multiple sclerosis, Arthritis, Learning disability etc. Classes are held in community settings, so as to promote social inclusion and decrease the isolation felt by individuals with disabilities. Jigsaw NI is a service open to anyone over the age of 18 from the greater Belfast area that has some form of disability or debilitating illness.

If you are interested in finding out more about Jigsaw NI or referring to one of our groups, contact Clare or Liz on 028 90319054.

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