South Shields judo coach and student shorlisted for top award

South Shields Judo Club coaches Beth Foster, left, and Meghan Roeves, nominated for Judo Volunteer of the Year Awards.
South Shields Judo Club coaches Beth Foster, left, and Meghan Roeves, nominated for Judo Volunteer of the Year Awards.

A South Tyneside Judo instructor described as an ‘inspirational’ coach is set to join one of her students at a prestigious sporting awards ceremony.

Beth Foster and Meghan Roeves will travel to Nottingham, next month, to find out if they have scooped top accolades in the BJA Awards.

South Shields Judo Club youngsters Daisy Stoker, Neve Power, Holly Mohan and Luca Mossa, with coach Meghan Roeves.

South Shields Judo Club youngsters Daisy Stoker, Neve Power, Holly Mohan and Luca Mossa, with coach Meghan Roeves.

Beth, a coach at South Shields Judo Club, has been nominated for an award for the work she has done inspiring youngsters in the sport while Meghan is up for Volunteer of the Year.

The 14-year-old started training four years ago, and now also volunteers her time to support the coaches at the club. She has recently qualified as a time keeper enabling her to officiate at local events.

Beth said: “Meghan joined the club four years ago and has been volunteering for the past two years. She is a great asset to the club and has always been so helpful since the day she started.

“I put Meghan forward for Volunteer of the Year. She was up against 300 others so for her to be nominated is a fantastic achievement.

Meghan is a great asset to the club and has always been so helpful since the day she started.

Beth Foster

“She was over the moon when she found out she had been shortlisted.”

Beth who has also been shortlisted for an award added: “It’s a great honour to think someone has taken the time out to nominate me for an award and it was even more of a surprise to learn I had been shortlisted.

“The club has been going since 2010 and our numbers have grown over the years and we now have over 100 members - it’s just amazing.”

Meanwhile, the club is celebrating further success after five of its young students scooped medals after competing in a recent competition in Crawcrook.

Neve Power, Holly Mohan, and Luca Mossa, taking part in their first competition won silver, bronze and bronze, respectively.

Daisy Stoker competing in her second contest took gold, while Leo Innes competing in his third competition took gold.

Beth added: “All the students were amazing and showed great sportsmanship. As coaches we were extremely proud of them.”