Swansea swimming coach honoured

Billy Pye, the Swansea coach whose swimmers took home 11 medals at this summer's Paralympic Games, has this evening capped off 2012 with a prize all of his own. He won Sport Wales Coach of the Year.

Billy Pye
Billy Pye says his success is down to passing on his 'sheer passion' for swimming to his athletes Credit: Sport Wales

His swimmers included London 2012 poster-girl Ellie Simmonds, who won two golds, a silver and a bronze. Stephanie Millward, Sam Hynd and Matthew Whorwood are also coached by Pye at Swansea Performance Centre, and won Paralympic medals.

Elite and grassroots coaches from around the country were at the awards ceremony at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

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