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Brighton and Hove Hockey Coach wins BBC South East Sport Award

Brighton and Hove Hockey Coach wins BBC South East Sport Award

Categories: Active Sussex News Coach & Volunteering Disability Sport

Brighton and Hove Hockey Coach Wendy Russell has been recognised for her hard work to make hockey accessible to children with hearing difficulties. This month, Wendy has won the BBC South East Sport's Unsung Hero award and has also been nominated for the national BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Wendy is a PE teacher at Steyning Grammar School and an England Hockey level 2 coach who coaches adults and juniors at Brighton and Hove Hockey Club. Partially deaf herself, she was inspired to launch the country's first deaf hockey coaching sessions and received Sportivate funding to do so. To run the training sessions, Wendy had to invent 40 new sign languages specifically for hockey. These can be found on the Brighton and Hove Hockey Club's YouTube channel here.

Over the past five years, Wendy has been recognised nationally and locally for her achievements in coaching disability sport, winning Coach of the Year at the 2012 Sussex Sports Awards and Disability Sports Coach of the year at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards.

Find out more

  • The deaf sessions are open to boys and girls aged eight to 14. Get in touch with Brighton and Hove Hockey Club here for more information.
  • Watch Wendy BBC South East's Unsung Hero Award winner 2017's video interview here.
  • Find your local hockey club on the England Hockey find a club page.