Scholarships announced for talented Yorkshire athletes
Up and coming 400m hurdler, Sophie Wood and 16-year-old800m runner Jordan Bransberg have also been awarded the prestigiousscholarship as they hope to continue to develop their talents.
Yorkshire-based Paish was coach of javelin aces TessaSanderson and Mick Hill, with more than 100 of the athletes who cameunder his guidance becoming Olympians.
Speaking about the scholarships, Mick Hill, who now works asan elite performance coach at Leeds Met and is managing the scholarshipprogramme said: "I met Wilf 31 years ago when I came to join in atraining session with his Yorkshire and Humberside Athletics Squad inLeeds. His love of athletics was absolute and his knowledge,enthusiasm, coaching and teaching expertise has been experienced byhundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches and teachers all over theglobe either through direct contact with him or through his extensivewritten work. These scholarships are across a range of track and fielddisciplines and show the depth of talent at the University, with many ofthese athletes hopeful of further success in 2012."
Wilf Paish trained to be a PE teacher at Carnegie College,now part of Leeds Metropolitan University, before taking a teaching postin Essex. He then returned to Yorkshire after being appointed asNational Coach for the North in the early sixties and has been anadopted Yorkshireman ever since.
His most famous coaching success was with javelin throwerTessa Sanderson who moved to Leeds after a disappointing Olympics in1980. Paish's original thinking and innovative coaching methods helpedher to kick-start her career and she subsequently won gold at the LosAngeles Olympics in 1984.
Earlier in the year the Wilf Paish Scholarships Fund waslaunched, enabling Leeds Metropolitan University to support talentedathletes and coaches to help them through their university studies sothat they may realise their full potential.
In October, two academic scholarships were awarded to StephenPotter and Robbie Hill, who are both studying for a Masters degree inSport Coaching at the University.