Meet the 2020 National Awards volunteering nominees

November 6, 2020
Debie Cooper

On 25th January 2020, at The International Centre, Telford, some of the most inspirational people within our gymnastics community will be recognised and celebrated at our National Awards.

The National Volunteer Award and National Young Volunteer Award are two that will be presented on the night. We are pleased to introduce you to the final shortlisted nominees for each award.

National Volunteer Award
The National Volunteer Award recognises a volunteer whose contribution to their club or region is seen as invaluable, and their efforts are instrumental in the work behind the scenes. Their role is seen as vital and without them the club or region would not be the same.

The nominees are:

Peter and June Brooke
Peter and June are an incredible duo. Ever since taking their daughters to gymnastics classes more than 40 years ago, they have stayed in the sport, playing a huge part in growing gymnastics in their community. In that time they have helped to transform Goole Gymnastics Club from one with 12 gymnasts to a club with over 200 members. They did all of this while working full time until retirement, and they show no signs of stopping!

Lindsay Rutherford
Lindsay has been a pivotal part of City of Edinburgh Gymnastics Club ever since volunteering for the first time in 2013. She has taken on several key roles at the club, including organising club events, arranging fundraising opportunities, taking a seat on the club committee and most recently being named as club treasurer. In this role, she has helped to improve the financial structures, ensuring the club’s security for the future. Lindsay’s infectious enthusiasm also continues to encourage more people to volunteer at the club too.

Claire Nichols and Tracey Griffiths
Claire and Tracey are sisters and have held various positions on the London Festival Committee ever since it was reformed in 1999. Those positions have included festival secretary, front of house and competition organiser. Two years ago, Claire and Tracey stepped up to the role of chairwomen, and have made huge strides in that time. They have helped to expand the festival, allowing over 1,500 gymnasts from clubs all over the UK to participate each year.

Ellen Robinson
Ellen began volunteering in 2017 and has made a massive impact at Club GymFun, especially on their training programme, ever since. She quickly became a rising star, bringing incredible work ethic and great leadership to the programme. Having helped to establish the Young Leaders Academy, Ellen now manages it, going above and beyond to ensure its success. The 20 young leaders that are now part of the club programme have since accumulated over 900 volunteer hours, have attended 21 British Gymnastics courses and have raised a total of £2000.

National Young Volunteer Award
The National Young Volunteer Award recognises a young person between the ages of 11 and 18 who has volunteered their time and enthusiasm to help others enjoy gymnastics.  

The nominees are:

At 17 years old, Lucy has volunteered an incredible amount of time at Ballysillan Gymnastics Club. She volunteers as a Young Leader, helping to coach the younger gymnasts at the club every Saturday where she is always the first in the gym and is often the last out. Lucy has already received several recognitions for her efforts, including winning Northern Ireland’s Young Volunteer Award in 2019.

Josie is just 12 years old, but that certainly hasn’t stopped her volunteering on a regular basis at Canterbury Gymnastics Club. As well as training as a women’s artistic gymnast nine hours a week, Josie finds time to help the youngest gymnasts at the club. She has completed the Intro to Coaching and Judging courses and in 2019 volunteered at the Championship Series in Liverpool.

Mia is a huge credit to Blackburn with Darwen Acrobatic Gymnastics Club. At 17 years old she is already a qualified acrobatic club judge, and has volunteered at a number of local events. She gives up her time on a weekly basis to help with coaching at the club too, and has now started her Level 1 coaching journey.