On Tuesday 24th February 2015, a total of eighteen volunteers were recognised for their outstanding dedication to sport in their local communities at the 52nd Torch Trophy Trust Awards at the Army and Navy Club in London.
Over 3 million people volunteer in sport at clubs, centres and organisations across the UK to assist in the development of sport and recreation in their local communities.
Each winner was nominated by their sport’s National Governing Body and received their award from HRH The Countess of Wessex.
Full details of the 2015 Torch Trophy Trust award recipients can be found below.
Adrian Bishop – Nominated by the Rugby Football Union
Adrian is described as; “in every sense, what we think of as a club man at Tewkesbury Rugby Football Club.”
Alan Gartside – Nominated by Northern Ireland Orienteers
“Alan was one of the founders of orienteering in Northern Ireland and has been actively involved in all aspects of the development of the sport for over 40 years. From committee member to acting as an official in all capacities, he’s been an ever-present and reliable member.”
Anne Holloway – Nominated by British Blind Sport
“If there was anybody who embodied the volunteer spirit that came out of the Paralympic Games of 2012, it’s Anne.”
Caroline Spanton – Nominated by Welsh Rowing
“Caroline sat on the Welsh Rowing Board for a period of five years, and stepped down in November 2014. To say that her work and achievements during that time were spectacular is an understatement.”
Dawn Wofford – Nominated by the British Equestrian Federation
“Dawn Wofford has been a valuable part of The Pony Club for half a century. During that time she has come to epitomize the purpose for which The Pony Club was created.”
The award was accepted on Dawn’s behalf by her daughter, Valerie Cockburn
Deryck Irons – Nominated by The Football Association
“There are few things that Deryck hasn’t done for his beloved Eynesbury Rovers Football Club since his father, in his capacity as Club Secretary, brought him along to the club in the 1950’s.”
Di Charles – Nominated by Basketball England
“Di has been part of Corvus Cornix basketball club’s DNA since the club’s inception in 1969.”
Gill Jacob – Nominated by Swim Wales
“When people describe Gill’s service to swimming over the years, the consistent phrase you’ll hear about her efforts and service is “above and beyond.”
Gordon McCormack – Nominated by Scottish Disability Sport
“Gordon has volunteered for – and been a huge servant to – disability sport in Scotland for over 35 years. His experience and knowledge regarding all matters concerned with disability sport make him a vital resource.”
John Mullis – Nominated by Table Tennis England
“John has been the Secretary of the Croydon Table Tennis League since 1985 and is also the Vice Chairman of the Surrey Table Tennis Association.”
Judith Phelps – Nominated by the Rugby Football Union
“Judith Phelps has played a vital role in ensuring the prosperity of Rugby Union in the North Midlands for over ten years.”
Lee English – Nominated by Basketball England
“Lee is rightly revered in Nottingham and respected far further afield for his services to basketball.”
Macenzie Whittaker – Nominated by Premier League
“Macenzie has been a committed volunteer at Manchester United Foundation since 2013, and while juggling his full-time studies he has contributed over 200 hours to his local community in the last 12 months.”
Mandy Parker – Nominated by British Cycling
“Although not from a cycling background and despite suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Mandy has been coaching as a parent with East Bradford Cycling Club for over ten years. During that time she has progressed to become a level 2 Track coach and level 2 Road and Time Trial coach.”
Maurice Vaughan – Nominated by the England and Wales Cricket Board
“As is fitting for somebody so involved in the sport, Maurice has been associated with Etwall Cricket Club for an innings that spans 80 years. It has been noted that he’s been maintaining the ground seemingly since the beginning of time”.
Mike Phillipson – Nominated by the Tennis Foundation
“Mike’s enthusiasm for wheelchair tennis first started when he encouraged his son David to take up the sport and see him go onto achieve great success. Since retiring six years ago, much of Mike’s time goes towards making Nottingham’s two international wheelchair tennis events among the most highly regarded and popular tournaments on the world tour.”
Paul Bovett – Nominated by Table Tennis England
“At a recent Table Tennis England coaching session for aspiring athletes, every attendee had something in common (apart from a love of table tennis). They’d all started under the tutelage of Paul Bovett.”
Ray Gordon – Nominated by the Amateur Swimming Association
“If you’re familiar with the amateur swimming scene, chances are you’ve heard of Ray Gordon. A long standing board member of the ASA, Ray was fittingly elected President of the ASA during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.”