On Tuesday 14th March 2017, nineteen volunteers were recognised by HRH The Earl of Wessex for their commitment to community sport at British Olympic Association.
Each winner was nominated by their sport’s National Governing Body as outstanding role models within clubs, centres and organisations across the UK.
Full details of the 2017 Torch Trophy Trust award recipients can be found below.
Andy Bray – Nominated by Table Tennis England
‘Andy has been the driving force behind the creation of a highly successful Table Tennis facility in Keighley, West Yorkshire.’
Anna Tizzard – Nominated by Scottish Disability Sport
‘After a career as an international swimmer Anna was determined to give something back to her sport. In 1995, she became the Fife swimming coach and team manager for swimmers with a physical and sensory disability at regional and Scottish competitions.’
Award collected by Muriel Tizzard.
Anne Craddock – Nominated by Boccia England
‘Anne has been involved in boccia for over 25 years, long before the existence of a Governing Body and other formal development pathways.’
’16-year-old Ben has Cerebral Palsy, right sided hemiplegia. He loves all sports but his real passion is football. He is the goalkeeper for the U17’s North West Regional Talent Centre (hosted by CP United FC) and has also had trials for England U19’s.’
Briony Rose – Nominated by British Dressage
‘The British Young Riders Dressage Scheme (BYRDS) was created by British Dressage to engage with riders between the ages of six and 25 years to open up the world of dressage to them.’
Bruce Ropner – Nominated by British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association
‘Bruce is responsible for introducing more people to the sports of Bobsleigh and Skeleton than anyone else in this country.’
David Philpot – Nominated by Marine Society and Sea Cadets
‘Lieutenant (SCC) David G. Philpot RMR ran the T.S Duke of York Portrush Sea Cadets since 1999, for most of this time, single-handed.’
Award collected by Debbie McCrellis.
Dina Murdie – Nominated by Goalball UK
‘Dina is an inspirational asset within the goalball community and has been involved in the sport for over 30 years.’
Elaine Clough – Nominated by British Canoeing & Scout Association
‘Elaine has been involved in Kayaking for many years. In 2006 she decided to take the sport more seriously and qualified as a BCU Level 2 Kayak coach in an effort to encourage young people to learn the skills of the sport she loves.’
Gary Nicholls – The Motor Sports Association
‘As well as being a key committee member of Chelmsford Motor Club Gary is also chairman of the Association of Eastern Motor Clubs and sits on the MSA Timekeeping committee. He has volunteered all over the country for upwards of 30 years.’
Graham Scutt – Nominated by the Rugby Football Union
‘Graham has been a member of Camp Hill Rugby Club for over 75 years and, for virtually all of this time, has held a voluntary position of some description.’
Joe Skinner – Nominated by The Premier League
’17-year-old Joe is bubbly, enthusiastic and determined, and he happens to have a condition called Cerebral Palsy. He is a caring and kind young man, and has battled against horrendous forms of discrimination and inequality, all of which have proved to be a huge test for Joe’s resilience.’
Linda Edmunds – Nominated by The Football Association
‘Linda was persuaded to help out with the organisation of junior football at Vauxhall FC back in 1998. At that time the club’s junior programme was in its infancy and shortly after Linda joined, the club’s football development coach decided to leave.’
Mark Steggall – Nominated by the Sea Cadets
‘For the past 33 years, Mark has coached Paddlesport on a voluntary basis across the country.’
Mike Davies – Nominated by England Athletics
‘Mike Davies involvement in athletics goes back about 60 years. He was a very competent and versatile athlete, competing for club and county to British League standard in throws, high jump and hurdles.’
Paul Daniels – Nominated by the England and Wales Cricket Board
‘Paul came up with the idea of developing young people’s life skills through cricket. An initiative which would not only benefit the young people themselves but also their cricket club as the programme involved the young leaders giving back at least 20 hours of their time.’
Rosie Wynne – Nominated by British Blind Sport
‘Rosie is one of those amazing and dedicated volunteers who works quietly in the background without expecting any recognition for all her hard work.’
Sue Garvey – Nominated by English Schools Athletic Association
‘Sue has been a member of the General Committee of the English Schools Athletic Association (ESAA) for 36 years. She has also been a Team Manager, taking athletes from all over the country to competitions at home and abroad.’
Robert Harte – Nominated by the Motor Sports Association
‘Robert began competing in navigation rallies in the late 1980s and graduated to stage rallying in the 1990s. He then moved into sweeping car duties and has volunteered in that capacity for 20 years.’
Award collected by Suze Endean.