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Midlands volunteers in the running at National Awards

Regional winners nominated for their dedication to the sport

Four Midlands nominees will be keeping their fingers crossed on Saturday 23 January when winners will be announced at the England Athletics National Volunteer Awards, to be broadcast online at 7.30pm. They are amongst 18 nominees ready to celebrate after rising to and overcoming the challenges posed to running and athletics by the global pandemic. 

Officials play a vital role at any sporting event and none more so than Mary Hodges of Leamington C & AC whose experience has stood her in good stead at national and international levels. She is keen to pass on her knowledge to new and aspiring officials, supporting them as they build their confidence whilst developing the skills needed for this important function. 

Young blood is always needed and Wreake & Soar Valley AC’s Rosie Timlock stepped up to the plate, becoming a qualified official in 2019 whilst enjoying a successful career as a steeplechaser. She goes out of her way to help others and this commitment has resulted in her being nominated for the Young Volunteer of the Year award.  

Another Midlands nominee with a ‘can do’ attitude is Jemma Arbon of Mansfield Harriers & AC who despite the lockdowns, has harnessed the power of social media to stay in touch with her beginner’s group, junior athletes and their parents. This has become even more important during the pandemic as training and events came to a halt and this plus the isolation had a negative effect on people’s mental health. Online communication has been a godsend in this case. 

This attitude is espoused by Paul Sanderson of Telford AC who has been pro-active in the sport over a number of years and made a lasting impression on athletes of all ages and abilities. He encourages people to get involved and ensures their efforts are recognised and thanked. Now it is his turn...
All will be revealed on Saturday 23 January via the England Athletics website.

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