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Bethany Firth's mentor Nelson Lindsay lands top award

By David Kelly

Top coach Nelson Lindsay is celebrating a further accolade after being presented with the prestigious Mussabini medal in London for his success with multiple Paralympic gold medallist Bethany Firth.

Lindsay received the award, named after the legendary Sam Mussabini who was coach to Olympic gold medallist Harold Abrahams, whose success featured in the movie Chariots of Fire.

This latest award, on the back of receiving Sport NI's Performance Coach of the Year gong, comes as he prepares Ards for the Irish short course championships in Lisburn's Lagan Valley Leisureplex.

Lindsay has guided numerous Ards swimmers to national titles over the past 20 years but grabbed the UK spotlight during the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer when Firth claimed three golds and a silver in the pool.

He was also shortlisted for the UK Performance Coach of the year, which went to Rob Greenwood, head of the GB and NI Paralympic swim team in Rio.

Lindsay said: "I'm very honoured to receive this award, Bethany's achievements in the summer were incredible and it was a privilege to have helped her achieve her goals.

"Bethany is a true ambassador of her sport within Ards ASC, Swim Ulster and the UK. This award recognises the coaching team behind Ards ASC programme, including my performance coach colleague David Johnston."

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