IF you belong to a sports club or regularly take part in an activity in Cornwall, make sure that the volunteers who help you play are recognised for all their hard work.
The Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) is currently taking nominations for the 2012 Cornwall Sports Awards and wants to ensure that everyone who does great things for sport locally receives the accolade they deserve at the Awards ceremony in Newquay in November.
With 15 awards across four categories, the countywide event has been designed to recognise and honour the contributions made by dedicated volunteer sports coaches, officials, clubs, project leaders and young leaders from across the county.
One award in particular that the CSP are keen to highlight for more nominations is ‘Official of the Year’. Natasha Howard, from the CSP, said: “We love to loathe them but sport cannot happen without someone to officiate it and we should never underestimate the brilliant work and the great many hours that all our Cornish officials give to local sport.”
Joshua Latus, from Newquay Hornets Rugby Club, won the 2011 award for Official of the Year. Having refereed since the age of 14, he has officiated for all ages; from Under 8s to university and senior sides. He won the award for his dedication to officiating and, at only 16-years-old in 2011, was a level 11 referee. At the time of his nomination, Joshua had also asked the RFU if he could become an ambassador to encourage more young people to become referees.
The awards are given to the most deserved winners for the support they offer within their local community.
James Burlingham, from Hayle Surf Life Saving Club, won the 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year U25 award. Aged 23 at the time, he received the award for the large amount of time and boundless energy he gives to the club to ensure young people are given the opportunity to take part. James worked with the club’s junior team who finished as the second placed Cornish team at the 2011 GB Beach Championships. He even takes time off from his job to assist with school visits to promote the club. In addition to coaching, he is also an active committee member.
James Chudleigh, from Looe Rowing Club, won the 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year award. During his five years as chair of the club, he had led on building a new clubhouse, acquiring two new pilot gigs, increasing membership and established a pro-active committee. He was honoured with a Sports Award for leading by example and having a passion to help develop leadership skills as well as rowing talents.
David Pierce, from Truro Junior Hockey Club, won the 2011 Lifetime Services to Sport award. He was honoured with a Sports Award for his outstanding commitment to Truro Junior Hockey Club which he founded over 30 years ago and, during which time, he also established the Truro Ladies Club. As Chair and Level 1 coach he coaches every week, arranges fixtures and umpires matches.
Nominations for the 2012 Awards have been open for a few weeks and deserving volunteers are already being put forward. But, there is still plenty of time to make a nomination. So, if you know somebody who does great things for sport in your local community, make sure you make your nomination and give them the recognition they deserve.
Nomination forms are available from cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk or by contacting Natasha Howard on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01872 323347. The closing date for nominations is Friday August 31.
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