GB player and three-time Paralympian, Gaz Choudhry, has been shortlisted for 2021’s greatest coaching moment, after taking on the role as player-coach at this summer’s Paralympic Games. The move came after the GB Head Coach Haj Bhania tested positive to Covid-19 prior to the Games and was unable to travel.
Under Gaz’s leadership the GB Men’s team delivered a stunning on court performance in Tokyo, showcasing drama and outstanding wheelchair basketball. He powered the team to consistently deliver win after win, laying down nail-biting second halves against the USA, Canada and Australia which had fans of the sport mesmerised.
British Wheelchair Basketball CEO Lisa Pearce is delighted with Gaz’s well-deserved selection for the Great Coaching Moment of the Year Shortlist:
“The GB men’s team demonstrated the grit and fierce determination that has seen this squad show to the world how powerful great on-court leadership is, and what can be achieved by a united and driven team.
“In the year where anything that can happen, will happen – Gaz without hesitation took a great responsibility on his shoulders to represent his nation and lead his team at a unique and historic Paralympic Games. Undoubtedly this resulted in one of the greatest coaching moments of the year and is a true inspiration to us all.”
The Great Coaching Moment Award is open to public vote and the winner will be announced at next month’s UK Coaching Awards. The award focuses not only on the material successes of coaches but on how they ground their work in putting people first.
On being selected for the shortlist, Choudhry said:
“It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be nominated for such a prestigious award. It’s incredible to be included in the great achievements of the other coaches, especially after the fantastic year of sport that we’ve had.
“Sport has the power to change lives and coaches have a huge role to play in that. I’m humbled and really gracious for the nomination. It’s testament to the achievements of the whole team, not just those selected for the Paralympics, but the entire squad and the support staff too – so thank you.”
To vote for your greatest coaching moment, visit www.ukcoaching.org/gcm-2021. The public vote will close on Monday 6 December.