Readers have lauded an ex-SAS soldier turned boxing coach after he was shortlisted as a National Coaching Hero award for his work supporting mental health through the sport.

From nearly 500 public nominations, Carlisle’s Jimmy Brennan is one of 75 coaches across the nation to have been shortlisted for the UK Coaching Hero Awards.

The initiative recognises and celebrates the innovations and achievements of coaches who inspired the nation to keep moving during national lockdowns.

Here’s what readers had to say.

Richard Bills was delighted to hear about the news, saying: “Many congratulations. Well-deserved recognition for many years of dedication and service.”

Jimmy Andrews echoed Richard’s sentiment.

He said: “100 per cent dedicated, couldn’t ask for a better friend and coach.”

Joseph Glen Yeomans said: “Well done James, and good luck – you deserve to win it.”

Helen-Margaret Mackay said: “Well deserved. [He is] both my boys’ boxing coach.”

James Whitfield commented, saying that Jimmy is also “one hell of a boxer”.

Mr Brennan looks after a group of more than 900 members, where each month a challenge is set for all to participate in daily.

The aim of his work is to support those who are struggling mentally, and to create a support network through physical fitness.