Marlow Rowing Club's Bret King has been named Coach of the Year at the Bucks Sport Awards 2011.

King received his award at a star-studded awards ceremony on Friday 25 November, presented by the GB Rowing Team's Olympic and World Championship gold-medallist Zac Purchase.

Adaptive rower and LTAMix4+ World Champion Naomi Riches was also in attendance, alongside a host of famous faces from across the sporting spectrum.

Bourne End's King was named Coach of the Year after a hugely successful performance from his Marlow RC rowers at the National Championships – in which his Junior Girls Rowing Team claimed a gold and silver medal.

'This event was our chance to recognise the valuable contribution of all those who deliver sport at a local level in the county of Buckinghamshire,' said Bucks Sport Chairman Professor Peter Thomas MBE.

'It is my firm belief that sport has a unique role to play in shaping individuals and communities, changing lives and improving the wellbeing and quality of life, for so many people of all ages in this county.'

King's dedication to his voluntary role has also led to his nomination in British Rowing insurers Perkin Slade's Coach, You're the Best competition.

'Bret has an extraordinary knack of making the impossible seem simple,' said one nomination for the Marlow coach, 'encouraging you to give your best while keeping the whole experience fun!'

To vote for King to win £1,000 of sports equipment in the Coach, You're the Best competition, visit Perkins Slade.