Mandy’s pride about national recognition

Mandy Ibisson
Mandy Ibisson

WIGAN’S Mandy Ibbison insists that when she started coaching rugby league 15 years ago, she never dreamed of receiving national recognition for her work.

But national recognition is exactly what she got after being part of the 2014 UK Coaching Awards, supported by Gillette, in Glasgow.

Ibbison, who coaches at Wigan St Patricks, was nominated for the Gillette Community Coach of the Year, and attended the star-studded awards evening on Thursday at Glasgow City Chambers.

And despite not winning the gong, Ibbison insisted she was honoured to be nominated, even if being up for awards is merely a bonus for her.

“I started coaching back in 1999 when my son’s side needed a coach and I decided to take it on,” she said.

“I think I had a bit of a knack for it and it’s something that I really enjoyed doing.

“Obviously to be nominated is really nice, but it’s not why I got into coaching and if I was never nominated for anything it wouldn’t matter to me.”

Mandy Ibbison was speaking at the UK Coaching Awards, supported by Gillette.