POWERLIFTING: Giles hopes to be on the Marc in battle for top award

Marc Giles
Marc Giles

Horncastle’s World Champion powerlifter Marc Giles is in line for another top award.

Giles, who clinched his world crown in South Africa earlier this year, is one of the contenders for the Coach of the Year title in the 2014 Lincolnshire Sports Awards.

The 50-year-old is totally dedicated to his chosen sport and has been a participant, both as a competitor and a coach, for 35 years.

Also this year, he came second in the British Masters Classic Powerlifting Competition and soon after clinched the World Raw Championship.

He runs a gym at Horncastle Squash Club and is there five days a week, coaching young people. Giles is also the British coach for the ‘sub’ junior team and attends internationals competitions when called upon - at his own cost.

Other contenders for the coaching accolade are Michael Beard (touch rugby) and Derek Burman (archery).

Giles is one of 48 of Lincolnshire’s most talented, inspirational, committed and dedicated sporting individuals who have been shortlisted for an award.

Initially, almost 150 athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, workplaces, teams and clubs were put forward to receive an award – presenting the judges with the welcome challenge of deciding the finalists.

There are 17 awards up for grabs as part of the awards which are now in their tenth year.

The event is being held on Thursday, November 6 at the Lincolnshire Showground.

As well as recognising athletes that are flying the flag for Lincolnshire at national and international events, the awards recognise those who have made positive changes to their lifestyle using sport - and celebrate those that give up their spare time in clubs and organisations to ensure sport and physical activity remain part of our community.

For full descriptions of each nominee and Sports Awards’ category, visit www.lincolnshiresport.com/sportsawards