2016 Torch Trophy Trust Awards

On Thursday 3rd March 2016, a total of twenty volunteers were recognised for their outstanding dedication to sport in their local communities at the 53rd Torch Trophy Trust Awards at the Army and Navy Club in London.

Nearly 2 million adults (1,914,300) in England contribute at least one hour a week to volunteering in sport, but so few are celebrated.

Each winner was nominated by their sport’s National Governing Body and received their award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

Full details of the 2016 Torch Trophy Trust award recipients can be found below.

Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent

Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent


Andrew Taylor receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Andrew Taylor – The Rugby Football Union

‘The epitome of a ‘one-man club’ Andrew Taylor was nominated for his unswerving commitment to Hessle Rugby Union Football Club for over sixty years.’


Colin Dolan receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Colin Dolan – The Premier League

‘He never ceases to inspire, encourage and bring the best out of me. If it weren’t for him I might have lost faith a long time ago and dropped out of sport altogether’


Ted Collie receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Edward Collie – The Football Association

‘His voluntary work has changed the face of football in Hertfordshire.’


Fred Stevens receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Fred Stevens – Archery GB

‘Fred works tirelessly to ensure everyone at grassroots level can find solutions to any difficulties to access sport.’


Geoff Simpson receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Geoff Simpson – British Dressage

‘Already known as a ‘legend’ within the dressage community, Geoff has dedicated many years to ensuring the integrity of dressage is upheld and overseen the general running of events all over the UK.’


Irene Lochrin receiving her award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

 Irene Lochrin – Scottish Disability Sport

‘Irene works tirelessly and enthusiastically to create opportunities for those with disabilities in Scotland to swim.’


Jane Davies receiving her award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Jane Davies – Amateur Swimming Association

‘Jane has travelled the world as an ambassador for swimming, and has been a major force behind changes within the swimming sector, while still helping at grassroots level.’


Annamarie Phelps receiving her award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

John Heron – British Rowing (collected by Annamarie Phelps)

‘Max’s hard work and determination shows the impact volunteers really have in sport.’


Kay Price and receiving their award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

John and Kay Price – Stoolball England

‘A rare joint Torch Trophy Trust Award goes to John and Kay Price, who have been volunteers for over 50 years.’


Macauley Rickard receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Macauley Rickard – AOC Sport

‘Despite studying full time for a BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Macauley also gives up his free time to lead, coach, train, instruct manage and inspire others in sport.’


Malcolm Fletcher receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Malcolm Fletcher – British Athletics

‘Malcolm has had an extensive and tireless career, volunteering at all levels of athletics for more than 25 years.’


Margaret Chambers receiving her award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Margaret Chambers – England Netball

‘Margaret is the founder, manager and coach of Burnside Netball Club, which, at the time of founding in 1967 was the only opportunity for girls to play the game in the Wallsend area.’


Margaret Leask receiving her award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Margaret Leask – Lawn Tennis Association

‘Originally a player, Margaret has spent he retirement dedicated to expanding the development of tennis.’


Michael Smalley receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Michael Smalley – British Blind Sport

Described as a quiet and unassuming man, Michael’s impact on partially sighted football over the past 20 years is immeasurable. 


Patrick McGeough receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Patrick McGeough – Wheelchair Dance Sport Association

‘Patrick has changed the face of the organisation, by empowering it’s founders.’


Paul Bowden receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Paul Bowden – Eton Fives Association

‘Paul embodies the impact of voluntary contributions at grassroots organisations and Eton Fives owes him a huge debt.’


Peter Knox receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Peter Knox – The British Association for Shooting and Conservation

‘Often Volunteering his coaching services several times a year for BASC, Peter has introduced and encouraged many people to the sport.’


Ryan Luney receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sportRyan Luney – British Gymnastics

‘Ryan has been a volunteer since the age of 14, showing great commitment to the Carrickfergus Club over the past 5 years.’


Sarah Hayward receiving her award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Sarah Hayward – Welsh Rowing

‘Sarah manages to inspire in rowers of all ages, a sense of respect and great fondness, and one can’t help but admire the dedication that she puts in to coaching’


Thriston Brady receiving his award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 honouring volunteers in sport

Thriston Brady – The Premier League

‘Thriston’s dedication has seen him become a major influence on both the local and wider football community, and his own story highlights the importance of football clubs committing to developing volunteers.’

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