Warren Gatland has been named UK coach of the year

Last Updated: 04/12/13 5:57pm

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Warren Gatland has been named UK coach of the year and high-performance coach of the year at the UK Coaching Awards.

The Wales and British and Irish Lions head coach beat rivals including Lloyd Cowan, coach of 400metres world champion Christine Ohuruogu, and England netball coach Anna Mayes for the coveted prize.

The 50-year-old New Zealander joins a list of previous winners that includes Toni Minichiello, the coach of Olympic gold-medal winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and England cricket team director Andy Flower.

"It's a great honour to be named UK coach of the year and high-performance coach of the year," said Gatland. "There is an illustrious list of previous winners and it's an honour to join to them.

"It's great to be recognised but I have worked in some great set-ups and with some great teams so I would like to thank all those I have worked alongside."

Under Gatland's coaching, Wales have won Six Nations Grand Slam titles in 2008 and 2012 and reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2011.

He also coached the Lions to a first series victory in Australia in 16 years earlier this year.

Other awards winners included Dr Phil Slater, Cathy Foster, Jim Saltonstall, John Derbyshire and David Howlett, the quintet who helped guide Sir Ben Ainslie's to becoming a four-time Olympic champion and part of this year's America's Cup winning team.

UK Coaching Awards 2013 - Supported by Gillette:

High-performance coach of the year - Warren Gatland.

The coaching chain award - The coaches of sailor Sir Ben Ainslie - Dr Phil Slater, Cathy Foster, Jim Saltonstall, John Derbyshire and David Howlett.

Governing body of the year - British Cycling.

Disability coach of the year - Truro multi-sports coach Steve Hillman.

Coach educator of the year - Justyn Price of StreetGames.

Coaching intervention of the year - StreetGames doorstep coaching programme.

The Heather Crouch young coach of the year - Portsmouth tennis coach Tim Lord-Hopkins.

Children's coach of the year - Bisley cycling coach John Gunn.

Performance-development coach of the year - England Rugby Union under-20s head coach Nick Walshe.

Gillette Community Coach of the Year: Ben Rigby (Multi-Sports Coach)

Lifetime achievement award - North Shields netball coach Lynne Booth.

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