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Friday, July 07, 2017
Para Athletes to Receive Medals for Coaches

Jessica Lewis & coach Ken Thom
Every athlete that wins a medal at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London will be provided with an additional medal to give to their coach, it has been confirmed today in a milestone first for the event.

Bermuda Paralympian Jessica Lewis if she is successful in winning a Medal will be able to present coach Ken Thom with the special gift.

The coaches’ medals, which are based upon similar themes to the athlete medals but differ in design, will be provided to successful athletes following their ceremony.

They will then be able to gift to their coach or significant advisor.

The athlete medals for the World Para Athletics Championships were revealed back in May and are inspired by the notion of "What makes an athlete tick?".

The possibility of creating a coaching medal was investigated by UK Athletics, who form the Local Organizing Committee for the World Para Athletics Championships.

"As a coach your focus is on getting your athlete in the best place possible to be able to win medals at major championships," Paul MacGregor, coach to Paralympic 100 metres and 400m T37 champion Georgina Hermitage of Great Britain, said.

"That moment on the podium is rightly theirs but it certainly is nice for athletes to have the opportunity to reward someone who has helped them get to that point.

"It is not something that has been put forward before and so it is going to be another thing that makes the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 so memorable."

It was confirmed in April that coaches will receive medals for the first time at this year's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, which like the World Para Athletics Championships are scheduled to take place at the London Olympic Stadium.

The World Para Athletics Championships are due to be held from July 14th and 23rd, while the IAAF World Championships are set to run from August 4th to 13th.

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