On Monday 3rd December 2012, 19 volunteers were recognised for their work in sports volunteering at the Army and Navy Club for the Torch Trophy Trust’s 50th anniversary.
Presented by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, each winner received their award for outstanding contributions after being nominated by their National Governing Body.
Full details can be found below.
Ian Atkinson – Nominated by British Swimming
During his time with British Swimming, Ian has worked with the synchronised swimming event management team to successfully deliver both national and international events, and was instrumental in helping to shape the new scoring system used within the sport.
Using the knowledge and skills that he has acquired through his day job as an IT manager, he guided the events team and provided them with the technical know how to produce excellent events.
Roger Rees-Evans – Nominated by British Blind Sport
Roger has been a dedicated volunteer with British Blind Sport for nearly 20 years where he has helped to run the blind and visually impaired archery section.
The archery section runs two major championships each year and Roger is the main driver behind them – helping with the setup, scoring and administration. In addition Roger is the secretary for the section as a whole, collating all the paperwork and accounts.
His impairment does not stop him and he demonstrates to others with disabilities how much is possible. British Blind Sport estimates that over the past 20 years, Roger has given over 6,000 hours of his time to the organisation and its members, and they feel truly lucky to have him.
Michael Murphy – British Judo Association
Mick has been coaching at the Metro Judo Club on a weekly basis in east London for 36 years. He has nurtured many national and international medallists there, including two Olympians – most notably Gemma Gibbons, the current Olympic silver medallist.
Not only that, he has inspired countless other pupils to continue on with judo for their whole lives, with many becoming referees and even more following on in his footsteps to become coaches themselves. Mick continues to help these new coaches by researching all available grants and funding sources and by helping them to keep up-to-date with their awards.
Denise Hodge – Rugby Football Union
Denise has been involved with women and girls rugby union for the past 20 years and has transformed the way it is both played and viewed across Devon, the south west and the country as a whole.
Denise has worked tirelessly across all levels of the game from club to international level and with both junior and senior players.She has managed junior squads at county level for over ten years, managed the south west junior region for five years and performed the role of team liaison officer for the International Rugby Board’s London Sevens Women’s Challenge Cup. Female rugby in the south west has benefitted hugely from her endeavour and it would certainly not be where it is today without her dedication and service.
Cary Wicks – Volleyball England
Since the Great Britain women’s volleyball team’s funding from UK Sport was withdrawn, Cary Wicks has played an integral role in ensuring that the team continued to pursue their ambitious goal of competing in the London 2012 Olympics and beyond. For the London 2012 Games, Cary arranged and managed a training week in Poole for the whole squad of 16 athletes and two staff – organising the accommodation, court training, medical support, food, matches and more. Cary is also the sole administrator for the Adopt an Olympian scheme, which now has over 32 schools and over 30,000 pupils involved.
The Great Britain Women’s Volleyball Supporter’s bi-monthly newsletter is also written, scheduled and distributed by Cary, providing a regular update for all things volleyball to over 600 supporters and friends.
Robyn Wisdom – Volleyball England
Robyn has volunteered at Ashcombe Volleyball Club since she first joined the club as a junior player in 2008 – and has been a huge help ever since.
Since taking her Young Leaders and Young Referees Award in June 2011 Robyn has progressed through the tournaments, officiating at the national Lets Play Volleyball Tournament in 2011 and 2012 as well as being selected by Volleyball England to be a young referee at the UK School Games during which she completed her grade four referee course.
In these sessions and at club events, Robyn also undertakes a significant amount of the administration involved – helping collect training fees, preparing food, selling t-shirts and hoodies and much more.
Barry Murray – British Canoe Union
Barry became involved in canoeing some 32 years or so ago when his then ten-year-old son asked if he could take it up.
The Murray family soon became members of the Anker Valley Canoe Club which was then operating from a local pub. Barry, alongside other parents, managed to acquire a piece of land on which to build a club house and since then the club has gone from strength to strength.
During his time at the club Barry became an official at the Nottingham National Regattas when he was asked to help out one year – a role he has continued to do for 28 years, during which he has become a qualified and skilled boat driver.
Stephen Spilka – British Wheelchair Basketball
Steve has coached and run a wheelchair basketball club for over 26 years where he has had a hands-on role in growing the sport, before going on to serve as the secretary of the board of British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB).
During his time on the board, Steve was instrumental in securing the world class performance funding and went on to set up the appointment of the first ever officer for the organisation.
British Wheelchair Basketball now has a staff of 20 and has grown to be arguably the biggest disability sport in the country – which Steve has supported admirably.
Eddie Diplock – The Football Association
Eddie had a playing career of over 30 years – not once receiving a red card or even a caution, and has extended this same careful approach to his long career in football administration.
Eddie has been a magnificent servant to football in Kent ever since 1953, when he was appointed the secretary of Sevenoaks Town FC, a position he continues to hold to this day.
Eddie has been simply vital to the administration of football competitions in Kent for over 55 years.
Lianne Jameson – The Amateur Boxing Association of England
Lianne is the club secretary for West Ham Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) – a role she has undertaken for 15 years.
At London 2012 Lianne was tasked with looking after a team of ‘Young Games Makers’ – Olympic volunteers aged 16 and under – where she gave the youngsters from West Ham ABC the opportunity to lead Olympic athletes to the boxing ring at the start of every round.
Her knowledge is unrivalled and the ABAE has often called her for advice. She also often helps the operations and logistics executive with the England team and international competitions going far beyond the call of duty.
David Kaye – British Weightlifting
David caught the weightlifting bug whilst still at school – joining the Gifford Weightlifting Club run by the late Hymie Binder.
After a period in the Army in 1969, David founded the Wood Green Weightlifting Club where he had the dual role of keeping people fit as gym instructor and serving as a coach and regional/national officer for the sport of weightlifting.
Over his 40 years of involvement in weightlifting, David, is a level four status coach and British Weight lifting course tutor. He has developed many national champions in both weightlifting and Paralympic powerlifiting with notable pupils being Commonwealth gold medallist Giles Greenwood and Ali Jawad, who came fourth place place at the London 2012 Paralympic games.
Andrew Crawford – British Rowing
Andy is one of the unsung heroes of rowing. His voluntary work for the sport started in 1972 when at the tender age of 16 he became a qualified coach.
He then went on to coach in schools taking up various officer posts, and joined Staines Boat Club where, besides coaching club juniors and the under 23’s, he performed a significant amount of the admin involved in running the club.
An outstanding member of the British Rowing Council and the Thames Regional Rowing Council, Andy, has always had a real passion for coaching young people’s rowing – and he has been a driving force behind getting rowing into more schools across the country.
Steven Boyd – The Premier League
Steven has been a ball boy for Manchester United Football Club for the past two years, during which time he has transformed himself into a role model in his school and local community.
At the time of his appointment Steven was having some trouble at school but the hard work and dedication he displayed at Manchester United quickly transferred to school, where he has now been selected to be a prefect. Because of Steven’s endeavours in his first year at the club, Steven was the only ball boy selected from the previous season to return and he has been promoted to the position of head ball boy. In this role Steven has a mentoring role for 13 new ball boys and so far Steven has been an excellent guiding hand.
James Ditchfield – The Premier League
James has been a key member of the Everton in the Community (EitC)’s award-winning disability programme since 1999 and has volunteered for the past six years within the organisation.
James, who has cerebral palsy, works across a range of EITC departments, but it is James’s work as a volunteer coach which has made a huge difference to people living with disability across the region.
During his time with EITC the department has grown to become one of the largest disability departments in the world – engaging 17,000 disabled participants with 26 disability teams and winning the ’Sporting Oscar‘ Sports Industry Award. In 2012, after giving up 882 hours of his time to work on EitC projects James was awarded Everton’s Volunteer of the Year.
Nancy Riach – Lawn Tennis Association
Nancy has been a dedicated volunteer for over 50 years. In the 1950’s Nancy qualified as a PE teacher and took a post at Huntingdon Grammar School, where she quickly rose to the position of head of PE.
Later Nancy became the first primary PE specialist teacher in the county at Huntingdon Junior School and it was here that she developed a pathway so that talented pupils could reach their full sporting potential. Nancy also spent countless hours voluntarily coaching juniors during her weekends and was subsequently the driving force in establishing a tennis club on the grounds of the grammar school.
Keith May – UK Athletics
Keith is a totally committed and enthusiastic driver of athletics in Sussex, the South East and nationally.
Keith has been a member of the Horsham Blue Star Harriers for over 50 years during which time he has been the organiser of countless club activities and performed the role of secretary and now, chair.
He has also been ever-present at Sussex county events and meetings where he has performed both the role of administrator and chair – proving an invaluable source of knowledge and guidance.
Mandy Stibbe – British Equestrian Federation
Mandy has been involved with eventing both as a successful rider and as a ‘behind the scenes’ force, developing British teams and the organisation itself over many years.
Mandy has been a selector for both the junior and senior national teams and served on the board of British Eventing for a number of years – performing these voluntary roles with dedication and commitment.
Mandy also became chair of the British Eventing board in 2003 before ill health intervened and she was forced to retire. However, after her recovery she was re-elected in 2009 and once again served as chairman. In the role, Mandy has led her team of selectors brilliantly and successfully – culminating in winning the team silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Mandy has been a great servant to British eventing and her long and outstanding contribution is cherished by everyone who works with her.
Abby Kumar – Badminton England
Abby has been a line judge for over 40 years and was a referee for over 18, serving not only at the English Nationals but also at world championships, commonwealth games and the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2007, Abby joined the committee of the Badminton Line Judges Association of England and was asked to become its national training coordinator with the aim of setting up a line judges training scheme.
With this, Abby has been tremendously successful with over half of the English line judges that officiated at the world championships and Olympics having undergone his training programme – the standard of which Torsten Berg (Olympic referee) commented in his final briefing that they were the best to ever.
Ann Webb – Archery GB
Ann has been a vital cog in the running of Archery GB for a number of years, performing great deeds in regards to disability sport.
She has been involved with Paralympic archery since 1985 and was instrumental in overseeing the transition of Para Archery from under the remit of the International Paralympic committee where she had performed the role of chairperson, to the International Archery Federation.
Upon completion of the changeover Ann then went on to became the first honorary chairperson of Para Archery. On a national perspective, Ann is currently treasurer of the British Wheelchair Archery Association and is also active in helping to run and organise events held all over the UK.