This award is given to an individual, administrator, coach or official who has made a highly significant voluntary contribution to disability sport.
Highly Commended: Jessica Kit and Tony Knappett
Jessica has attended a Youth Sports Trust National Talent Camp at Loughborough Universtity as a young coach for Boccia. This has improved her skills and confidence in coaching at training sessions for disabled children at the DDA Boccia club. Jessica has built up great relationships with peers and young people attending Boccia England in Sheffield.
Tony leads the Lancashire Disability Tennis Network co-ordinating activity from Bolton, Preston, Blackpool and South Ribble. His work in the area has seen the sport of tennis grow in all of our impairment groups and has seen his network become amongst the largests on the country. Tony regularly goes above and beyond for many of his voluntary roles.
Winner: Barry Walsh
Barry works with the Preston Blind Bowling Club. He is encouraging to all blind and disabled people wanting to play bowls and his continual determination to make a difference to disabled bowlers is obvious. His life revolves round them, they always come first providing coaching, training and support where possible.