Sports Volunteer of the Year

Sports Volunteer of the Year is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to sport as an official, administrator or volunteer.

WINNER

Anita Ruffle, Swimming

Initially as a parent (her three sons learnt to swim with Pentaqua and reached national standard as a result of hard work and dedication), committee member, learn to swim teacher, masters coach, swimmer, swimming official, studying to become a swimming referee and currently is Club Chairman, a post she has held for 5 years. A regular week will see Anita taking early morning or late evening masters swimming sessions, a full day at work anywhere in the county, and then getting in the pool to teach young swimmers in CLP’s learn to swim programme. She was instrumental in CLP’s reaccreditation for Swim 21, as her wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of swimming ensures that the policies and procedures that are required by Swim 21 underpin all CLP activities. Anita has a great approach with the young swimmers, many of whom in her groups, are disabled and therefore require the attention and support of an experienced teacher such as Anita. Anita is fully committed to the development of her own skills as a swimming official, having been involved in the organisation of many of CLP’s events as well as officiating at county, regional and national events. Anita is instrumental in setting an excellent example in learning and moving forwards as time goes on and embraces all challenges that come her way. Anita is well respected by all (swimmers, parents, coaches, teachers) in the club and fellow officials on a county, regional and national basis. CLP is growing, drawing swimmers from other clubs and ‘growing our own’ through the learn to swim programme, and the swimmers (under the guidance of a well-managed and supported teaching and coaching team – courtesy of Anita) are producing better and better results, all of which is attributable to the time, effort and dedication of Anita.

The Sports Volunteer of the Year award is sponsored by Branston LTD

Branston is a privately owned company, started in 1968 by a group of Lincolnshire farmers. We’ve grown over the years and we’re now one of the largest potato suppliers in the UK, with over 600 employees. And with sites in Lincolnshire, Scotland and the South West, we’re located in some of the UK’s key potato growing areas. We buy around 400,000 tonnes of potatoes a year, as well as growing some of our own, and are engaged in all aspects of the industry: from seed to fresh, processing and ready-prepared potatoes.

Also nominated…

Josh Palmer, 21

Volunteer at Lincoln YMCA for 2 years. Josh began as member of our gym, shy and nervous in social situations. Has gone on to become one of the YMCA’s most recognised and respected volunteers. Working up to 3 times a week Josh devoted his spare time to helping others. Has become a qualified gym instructor, boxercise coach and core stability expert. Josh worked beyond the role of a volunteer, most noticeably with his involvement with a changing room refurbishment. Working day and night with tradesmen Josh worked for two months to erect two brand new changing facilities; a project that could not have been completed without him. Worked with exercise referall clients, always helping to improve someone’s wellbeing with particular focus on mental health clients; stress, depression and anxiety to name a few. Josh is the classic story of a underdog becoming a leader, his work at the YMCA will always be valued as he sets the bar for all volunteers to come.

Adam Grist, 40, Football/Cricket

Adam has coached the junior’s at Louth Cricket Club since 1999 and has held almost all positions within the Club since then. Adam in recent years has undertaken all the winter and summer coaching for the U11 teams and the management of the U11’s in the summer. Adam additionally in the recent years has helped re-launch Legbourne CC which has reintroduced cricket to over 50 local children and this year has seen them win the U11 District league on there 1st attempt. Has been coaching Louth Old Boys Junior Football Club since 2009 helping, manage and train teams from ages 6–9. This year he took on yet more responsibility in joining the Clubs committee. He also helped organise the 2000 strong 5 a side competition to raise funds for the Club this summer. Adam is a voluntary Director of the Lincolnshire Cricket Board and in 2013 took yet more responsibility in becoming the Boards Vice Chairman. Adam has over a long period of time volunteered at least 16 hours per week in local junior sports team coaching, and this year has seen much more

The Sports Volunteer of the Year award is sponsored by Branston LTD

Branston is a privately owned company, started in 1968 by a group of Lincolnshire farmers. We’ve grown over the years and we’re now one of the largest potato suppliers in the UK, with over 600 employees. And with sites in Lincolnshire, Scotland and the South West, we’re located in some of the UK’s key potato growing areas. We buy around 400,000 tonnes of potatoes a year, as well as growing some of our own, and are engaged in all aspects of the industry: from seed to fresh, processing and ready-prepared potatoes.

Simon Telfer, HR & Logistics Director at Branston LTD, said:

“As a business we know it’s important to also be a good neighbor and to help out local worthy causes. The Active Lincolnshires Partnership is a great local charity, which promotes healthy lifestyles and encourages local communities to come together. Sponsoring this event helps to celebrate the sporting endeavours of people of all ages and abilities and provides an opportunity to thank many of the volunteers who give their time to provide activities for local people.”

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