Walton scores national coach of year award17 Nov, 2009
TASMANIAN Craig Walton has been named the Australian Institute of Sport's coach of the year.
He was presented with his award by Sports Minister Kate Ellis at a ceremony in Canberra.
Under Walton's coaching and guidance, Australia has continued its world dominance of women's triathlon.
Walton's partner Emma Snowsill is a former world champion and this year he has guided Emma Moffatt to the world crown.
In a dual celebration at the weekend, Moffatt was named as the joint winner of the AIS athlete of the year award.
AIS director Peter Fricker paid tribute to Walton's remarkable achievement and commitment to both the AIS and Australian triathlon.
"For Craig to win the AIS coach of the year award over such a high-quality field is a reflection of his outstanding coaching ability," Professor Fricker said.
"Craig deserves much of the credit for the tremendous results achieved by Emma Moffatt on the international triathlon circuit.
"His leadership, professionalism and enthusiasm have seen Emma finish 2009 as the world number one female triathlete."
Walton beat Emma Lazich (sailing), Ian McKenzie (men's track endurance cycling), Simone McKinnis (netball), Jimmy Owens (sprint canoe) and Vince Raleigh (swimming) for the AIS coaching award.
Walton was a world- ranked triathlete and represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Sydney.
He is based on the Gold Coast.
Mais uma vez se vê os atletas a contribuirem e muito para a eleição dos seus treinadores...Ao que parece na próxima época a Moffatt vai ter que arranjar novo treinador porque já não irá ser o Walton o seu treinador para 2010