Bendigo’s Jye Yates has been nominated for the coach of the year award at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards on Wednesday, May 22.
Yates has facilitated balloon football programs at Bendigo Special Development School for participants who have multiple and complex disability under the age of 18.
It is through his mentoring and coaching that players have been able to progress from the junior ranks of the Balloon Football League to the senior level, with three juniors recently registering for the 2019 senior season.
A Balloon Football League player since the competition’s inception seven years ago, Yates has been heavily involved in the sport ever since.
He has coached for two years and during his playing years, he has been voted best and fairest every year.
A commitment to inclusivity is what makes Yates unique, with the creation of a junior player award after every junior match to highlight a different player each week who has developed their skills and contributed to the game.
The two other coaches nominated in the coach of the year category are tennis coach Vicky Lee and Emma Poynton from para ice hockey.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards, with a gala event to take place at Southbank in Melbourne.
For more information visit www.dsr.org.au/awards.
– NICHOLAS NAKOS