In less than a week’s time, at Birmingham Town Hall, some of the most inspirational people within our gymnastics community will be recognised and celebrated at our National Awards.
The volunteer and young volunteer awards are two that will be presented on the evening. Without the incredible amount of hours volunteers give to our sport, it simply wouldn’t be the same, and we are delighted to give you the run down on each of our final nominees.
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. Meet the nominees:
Michael has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to supporting the gymnastics community, with his enthusiasm and tireless efforts felt by many. Without the hours he has volunteered at Gatwick Flyers since it opened in 1996, the club may not exist. Michael remains dedicated to the cause, also volunteering as the South-East region squad coach for trampoline, a volunteer South East region Welfare Officer as well as organising the Surrey Gymnastics trampoline competition.
Sandra has volunteered hundreds of hours at Waveney Gymnastics, helping to inspire so many gymnasts that come through the doors. Often going out of her way to enable participants to dream big, Sandra has dedicated a lot of her time to supporting individuals with a learning disability, enabling them to represent the East region at the Special Olympics National Games. Sandra continues to be a valued and inspirational member to both the club and the community.
Su does an incredible amount for gymnastics. A Level 5 coach in aerobic gymnastics, a mentor, tutor and instructor for British Gymnastics, Su is also a national judge, volunteering for all of these roles. Now in her 25th year as a volunteer, Su has helped to grow Suki Aerobic Gym Club from having just one gymnast to now having over 100 gymnasts regularly attending sessions, with even more on the waiting list.
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. Here are the final three nominees:
Alice Elizabeth Corden
An outstanding role model to young gymnasts within Bedwas Gymnastics Club, her school and the wider gymnastics community, at 15 years old Alice inspires those around her regardless of their age or ability. Regularly giving up her time after school and at weekends, Alice is a keen judge and has already judged at numerous competitions locally, regionally and nationally. Welsh Gymnastics Young Leader of the Year for 2017, Alice is a worthy nominee for the National Young Volunteer Award.
At 15 years old Amber is already an essential part of the fabric that makes up DCGymnastics, and is described as being ‘as key to what we do as the bricks of the building itself.’ Having started by taking part in after-school clubs at six years old, Amber was soon known by all as a warm and friendly helper. Having completed her Core Proficiency course, Amber continues to take part in the sport, 12 hours per week as a tumbling gymnast and 10 hours a week volunteering.
Bradley, at the age of 17, has already been volunteering for nearly 10 years and is always reliable, dependable and passionate. A keen gymnast himself, he often gives up his training time to assist the coaches at AAAsports and has gained qualifications in both women’s artistic and trampoline gymnastics. Bradley has also achieved judging qualifications in trampoline and floor and vault, allowing him to judge at the club’s Key Steps and championship events.