Volunteer of the Month
Cornwall Sports Partnership would like to acknowledge the work of the dedicated and committed volunteers working in sport in Cornwall. We feel they do not get enough recognition for giving up their time and working free of charge to help run our clubs and make sport and physical activity happen.
We are running a 'Volunteer of the Month' award, this is where clubs can nominate volunteers they feel deserve recognition for their hard work, individuals have to be in a volunteer position.
If you would like to nominate one of your volunteers please complete the nomination form at the bottom of this page and return to Cornwall Sports Partnership, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY or complete the online nomination form.
Each month our panel will pick a Volunteer of the Month to appear on our website and social media pages.
As a winner and to acknowledge their hardwork the Volunteer of the Month will receive:
- A certificate
- A CSP voucher (£50 towards any CPD award or qualification)
- and will also be nominated for the Cornwall Sports Awards to acknowledge their hard work
Closing date for nominations is the last day of each month.
Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Rob Harrison at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on T: 01872 323348 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer of the Month
Sarah Powlesland - Sarah works tirelessly to ensure Bodmin Netball Club continues to grow and strive for further success. Her love of netball is contagious and she is committed to making netball as accessible as possible - regardless of ability, age, background or fitness.
Sarah was one of the founding members of Bodmin Netball Club - 16 seasons ago and her commitment, passion and encouragement has inspired others to start their coaching journeys.
Paul Wright - Paul spends countless hours volunteering for The Newquay Road Runners and on top of this he also helped out at many events for Schools in the community.
Over the past few years he has been paramount in the successful running of the School Games Cross Country finals, not only being there himself but organising a bank of volunteer workforce for the event. Without him these events would not be the same.
Lewis Pascoe - Lewis has always been someone who puts 110% into everything he does, as well as being a full time PE apprentice at Poltair School, in his spare time he volunteers as the secretary and coach for Newquay and Par Athletics Club. By taking on the secretary role he has been faced with a lot of extra work, findings courses for members to go on, finding new ways to increase members etc and most importantly that the children he coaches are having fun.
Lewis is always a happy and friendly face at training and a valued member of the club.
He was also awarded with the President's award for consistently going above and beyond in his voluntary role at the club.
Josh Coombe - Josh is a fantastic volunteer, helping deliver free gym sessions for students at Truro College throughout the year. He runs regular 1hr sessions every week at 7.30am and has helped over 30 young people get physically active and improve both their mental wellbeing and physical health.
Lauren Bowdler - Lauren has been volunteering through the Get into Coaching Activators programme and has already contributed over 20 hours this academic year. Lauren is studying a level 3 BTEC and 2 A-levels and has still found the time to support with local sports events such as Primary Cross country, ProjectAbiltiy festivals and primary hockey tournaments.
She also supports and volunteers at her local sailing club in Looe in her spare time.
Abby Flowers - Abby volunteers with the Special Olympics Wildcats team every Thursday evening at Truro College. She has the skills and understanding to work with players and shows empathy and compassion without being condescending, she is patient, tolerant and kind.
Abby has arranged games against other teams for the Wildcats to play, she has encouraged and enthused other young volunteers to be involved with the team and brings new, fun ideas to training nights. Abby also shows maturity beyond her years, recently accompanied the team to Sheffield for the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games, she always puts others before herself and is reliable, trustworthy and committed.
Becky Trevena - Becky has been a part of Cornwall Athletics Club for over ten years and in that time has been awarded Best Newcomer, Most Improved Young Athlete, Best Team Member and the Tony Lett award. Through Becky's true commitment to the club, she has inspired those around her to not give up and to continue with the sport. Becky's hard work and determination with coaching has made a positive impact with more and more new members joining the group and commenting on how enjoyable the sessions are, and thanks to Becky's outstanding work ethic, passion and determination to continue the great work Tony Lett (former coach) started, Becky is a true asset to the group and the club.
Cozette Shrosbree - Cozette has been a county Cornwall rugby player whilst being the team manager and recently become more involved within management with in the youth county section. Cozette's input is always gratefully received by all of the team. She has invested many hours of her time between working her shifts at the local hospital, she is the one who has brought many women and girls together encourages and includes everyone no matter their ability or disability.
Paul Postill - Paul has been at the centre of all the recent developments of Truro Canoe Club and the membership that make up this friendly and inclusive club.
Paul has been instrumental in the planned new club facility to house the boats and membership at Boscawen Park, from where the club trains and paddle, he has helped increase the membership which includes 6 years to 60 years+, encouragement and support for new paddlers of any age to get out on the water and have fun, enjoyment and perhaps even race!!
Matthew Trebilcock - Matt coordinated the huge effort of Gylly Surf Life Saving Club to win Cornish Championships, Nationals, and inspire many young Nippers to compete and enjoy this amazing sport. He coordinates all training sessions and competitions, organising all entries, on the day timetabling and holds the attention of hundreds of nippers who adore him and all the values he instills into them as a team and individuals.
Tamsin Heayn - Tamsin has been instrumental in the development of ladies cricket for many years within Truro Cricket Club and Cornwall Women's Cricket Association. Tamsin always puts others first and has taken even more on this year now running the bar, juggling a full time job, looking after her young daughter, playing herself and encouraging other to take up the sport.
Clare Hughes - Clare is the new Workplace Health Champion at Forms Plus, Helston. Clare has some great new and exciting ideas to encourage her colleagues to help improve their health and wellbeing at work, for example Clare has set up fortnightly health walk at Water-ma-Trout industrial estate in Helston to encourage businesses to encourage employees to take a lunchtime walk.
Clare has attended every walk to date (even during very wet & windy weather)and encourages her work colleagues to also take part. Forms plus have already entered a team from Forms Plus in the 2017 Cornwall Beach Games which is fantastic news.
Claire Reed - Claire has been a pivotal member of Liskeard Junior, Liskeard Inclusive Club and also East Cornwall CBN. Claire has been instrumental in setting up taster sessions for Exeter Performance centre based in Liskeard, Inclusive sessions within the club and driving the East Cornwall CBN forward within the county.
Claire is also accompanying Nikki Walsh as carer and coach to Sheffield for the Special Olympics.
Nick Jeans - Trelissick. The energy and commitment to ensuring a smooth inaugural event has meant hours of commitment in the months leading up to the event itself plus the time in planning routes, volunteers, way markings and the even dreaded paperwork! Nicks attention to detail has been the difference in setting up a good parkrun and making sure that Trelissick is a great parkrun!!
Even in the short period in which Trelissick parkrun has been going, it has already seen nearly 500 different people take part from all ages and abilities in only 6 weeks.
Chris Elliott - Since taking on the role of development officer for Cornwall ASA, Chris has worked tirelessly to engage all the clubs in Cornwall. Chris successfully managed to organise the first Cornwall Club Development Day which was a vision of his and he has gone above and beyond to ensure it was a success. As a result of this Cornwall clubs have had the opportunity to access a number of training opportunities including Cornwall's first Young Volunteer programme.
John Cuthill - John Cuthill has been chairman of Newquay Rowing Club for 25 years. During that time he has helped the Club build a sustainable membership of 500 members - not all are rowing members; many are based in the community, develop facilities, fund more gigs, including a personal contribution to one of them. Newquay Rowing Club is the oldest gig club and was formed in 1921 with the first rowing season in 1922. The Club has kept going through the wars and helped develop the sport of gig rowing. The Club hosts the County Championships for ladies and men each year.
Bryher Freight - Bryher works hard to get everyone involved at Newquay & Par Athletics club, she makes sure everyone has fun and learns something new from each training session.
Bryher has gone out of her way to help create a new syllabus for the Juniors to follow which involves more competitions and progression through the Athletics club. Bryher is warm hearted, kind and is always around when you need her. Athletes are always looking forward to Sprints with Bryher on a Thursday night as they are always guaranteed a fun and exciting session.
Del Commons - Volunteer & Team Manager Cornwall BMX Racing Club
Del works tirelessly to get planning permission to build a world class purpose built BMX track for Cornwall in the hope this will create local future BMX champions, Volunteers his time to teach BMX biking to children & adults, making the sport accessible and affordable to all, Del also plays a key role in the South West Regional School of Racing in coaching and administration.
Lee Missons - Lee, an O2 Touch Ambassador, has been the driving force behind Touch at Truro Rugby Club.
Lee is passionate about the sport and is constantly promoting the sport through giving talks, volunteering at events and social media (O2 Touch Rugby Centre - Truro on Facebook or @TruroTouch on Twitter).
Since Lee's been involved in Touch at Truro, he's taken the team to tournaments in Bath and Exeter and even ran out on Twickenham's hallowed turf. He's started to referee at club nights and has taken his first level refereeing course within the sport to help out others at training.
Truro train every Wednesday nights if you'll like to get involved.
David Painter - David Painter is one of the fore founders of Special Olympics Cornwall.
After visiting the Special Olympics National summer games in Bath in 2013 David was totally blown away by the enjoyment and commitment that the athletes showed 'it's the essence of what sport is, sheer fun'.
David returned to Cornwall and was committed to provide the same opportunity to Cornish Athletes. David contacted Steve Hillman from the Cornwall Sports Partnership and the ball began to roll.
Special Olympics Cornwall now has a network of clubs and providers around the county and is a flag ship club for Special Olympics Great Britain, being used as an example for other clubs to follow.
David is the Chair of Special Olympics Cornwall and is working hard toward taking a team of athletes to the National summer games in 2017, Sheffield. 'David is truly a wonderful person, he has put so much time and commitment in to the club. Thank you Dave!'
Lowenna Roberts - Lowenna is the Cornwall Women's Cricket Association (CSCA) Secretary and Women's Development coordinator at Wadebridge Cricket Club.
She was instrumental in getting girls to play in Wadebridge and then offer them coaching and a structure to play, she has since been at the forefront of the administration and competition structure for the CWCA.
Regarding the CWCA, she was in an unofficial position in the outset but offered to help and deliver competition structure, she has now taken on the secretarial role and sits on sub committees to drive women's cricket forwards.
Nik Tinney - Nik is the Youth Fixture Secretary for Truro RFC and has carried out this vital role for a number of years . He also builds the Cornwall Youth Festivals & Cup Fixtures - in this role Nik always goes the extra mile co-ordinating with youth coaches & team managers to ensure all are aware of their games and the allocation of pitches for both matches & training. His excellent organisation & communication skills is a major reason why the Sunday Youth Rugby Sessions run smoothly and everyone enjoys the youth rugby experience.
Nik is a professional chef and he regularly gives his time freely to the Club to prepare & serve food for special rugby events at our Club - these events include Rugby World Cup curry nights, Breakfast with the Lions - Nik's work at these events has not only built a much improved Club environment but has made significant contribution to increasing Club funds.
Anne Curnow-Care - Anne has been the long standing secretary for the Cornish Pilot Gig Association. In this purely voluntary role Anne has seen the Sport and the CPGA grow from a local Cornish Sport into a large governing organisation involving over 70 Clubs and over 7,000 rowers throughout the UK and abroad. This dedication involves countless hours assisting clubs and individuals with a great variety of information and advice.
Anne's contribution to the Sport both locally with her club and more widely with the CPGA has been invaluable, her contribution to the World Pilot Gig championships on the Isles of Scilly managing the paperwork for the clubs and shipping of the Gigs ensures the events ongoing success. Anne has also been recognised by British Rowing for her contribution to Rowing with a volunteers award.
Jeanette Coleman - Fixtures & Umpires Secretary @ Falmouth Hockey Club & Secretary of Cornwall Hockey Association
Jeanette has been team captain on many occasions and has held the post of Fixtures & Umpires Secretary for numerous years. She has been the driving force behind Falmouth Hockey Club for as long as I can remember. She is currently working hard to establish the Junior section and works tirelessly to try to ensure as many people as possible can participate in Hockey.
She is very welcoming to new faces and has a knack of encouraging people to take part and take on roles of responsibility within the club. She was awarded life membership of Falmouth Hockey Club in 2015 in recognition of all she has done for the club over the years.
She is always willing to play and has even made a few league appearances for the second team this season when they were short of players! On top of all this she is involved in ordering kit, getting sponsorship, organizing umpires, building relationships with the schools who's pitches we use for training and matches, and all those little jobs that someone has to do to ensure the smooth running of the club. Falmouth Hockey Club would not be as successful as it is and has been, if it were not for all the hard work that Jeanette willingly does year on year.
Ian Tennant - Level 4 Coach, Truro Boxing Club
Ian is a level 4 coach at Truro Boxing club and under his leadership the club not only trains a wide range of men and women in boxing skills, they also teach many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds self-respect and self-discipline that serves them and their community really well and helps the individuals achieve great things in their lives.
Truro Boxing Club has recently received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK (The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee). Without Ian the club would not be where it is today.
November 2015 - Closed due to the 2015 Cornwall Sports Awards
October 2015 - Closed due to the 2015 Cornwall Sports Awards
Rob Knill - Funding & Development Coordinator, Cornwall Basketball Association
Rob has communicated to over 200 Schools, Clubs and colleges, to enable discussion on the proactive development of Basketball in Cornwall, he has also channelled and attracted funds to establish 2 x Plymouth Raiders hub teams in Cornwall at Truro and St Austell. Sourcing facilities, coaches and promotion of activity to make sure they are a success and sustain more people into basketball.
David Parr - Chair of the Cornwall Bowls Development Alliance and Bowls Cornwall
Since its intuition the Bowls Alliance has been responsible for developing the game in Cornwall and David has been instrumental in the alliance delivering club open days, Have Mat Will Travel events, Play Bowls packages, coach education courses, attracting funding, disability sessions and clubs achieving ClubMark. It is fair to say that David spends all his time awake trying to develop the game, encouraging more people to play the game and sharing the knowledge he has (he is a national champion!).
Linda Brickell - Vice Chair of the Cornwall County Squash and Racketball Association
Linda has been involved in Squash and Racketball for over 10 years and Junior Chair for 4 years, setting up and running numerous Junior Rivera's to increase junior participation and competition locally.
Linda is also currently Vice Chair of the Cornwall County Squash and Racketball association working hard to increase participation within the sport, she has worked hard and one of her greatest achievement was setting up Female only sessions called Squash in the City and also rolling the programme out within Young mums centres, following this Linda was asked to be a member of the England Squash and Racketball Women & Girls working group.
Andy Moore - Hayle Runners and Chair of Duchy Athletics
Andy has been inspirational in establishing the network and attracting additional funding from England Athletics into the county, key driver in supporting Cornwall's athletics clubs and coaches with development workshops and bursary schemes.
Andy is also Chair of Hayle Runners, Beginner Running leaders and has been responsible for attracting over 200 new beginner runners to running and motivating them to stay running at the club.
Andy said 'Many thanks for the award which has come as a pleasant and welcome surprise. Like most awards the achievement has been down to the team work at both Hayle Runners and DAN and I am very grateful for the acknowledgement'.