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Local loon presented with national award

Huge congratulations to young Jack Somerset who has been recognised nationally by Scottish Clubsport for his coaching and volunteering contributions.

Jack, a winner at the Aberdeenshire Clubsports annual awards back in March in their new category: Young coach of the year, sponsored by Crown Motors was invited to the Scottish Clubsport awards in Stirling where he was presented with the award by the new Honorary President Rick Kenney.

Jack came into Nordic Skiing only a few years ago and instantly offered his help to coaching groups. Jack has an uncommon empathy and patience for human beings, being especially considerate of those needing extra support whether child, adult or athlete.  Jack always smiles and has a gentleness despite his athletic build. Jack is in his third year helping with our Junior Development Squad for 6-14 years which runs 8 sessions Jan-April. He has progressed to undertake his Level 1 coaching award and the para-Nordic coaching qualification and now takes his own sub group within the programme.  Jack has also taken on the ski centre’s After School Programme every week since the spring, sometimes cycling the 12 miles home after teaching 5-12 years olds in late afternoon and early evening! Jack will step in and help whenever called upon. Jack fits all this in between college work and his own cross country skiing training – Jack is a Scottish and GB cross country ski athlete and has just placed 2nd in the British Championships in Germany. Jack trains with not only the Cross Country Team but the Biathlon Team too.