With the 2020 Triathlon England Awards open for nominations, we got in touch with our 2019 winners to hear what it meant to them to be nominated and win.
“It was a really great feeling when we were nominated for the Club Event of the Year Award,” said Mandy Nethercot, Race Director at Speedhub Triathlon Club.
“It makes all the hard work, late and sleepless nights feel worth it because you know that people have enjoyed your event and had an experience that they want to recognise and recommend by nominating you.
“Events like ours are run and supported by volunteers, without whom they simply wouldn’t happen. Volunteers keep coming back year-after-year, showing their commitment and willingness to give up their time to help others take part.
“It’s so important to thank and recognise these volunteers, and the Triathlon England Awards are a great way of doing this.
“Volunteers don’t get involved for the recognition, but when they are recognised and shown that they and what they do is appreciated, it makes them feel proud to have been noticed and the time and energy they put in valued.
“Throughout lockdown, the work of volunteers has been really important. They’ve been helping people to take part, stay healthy and keep engaged in exceptional circumstances.
“I think it’s also been beneficial to volunteers to have been keeping going where possible during this time, helping with mental health and being able know they’re supporting others.”
The 2020 Triathlon England Awards are now open for nomination and will close on Wednesday 2 September at 12 noon.
There are seven categories to nominate someone in: Club of the Year; Coach of the Year; Key Worker of the Year; Multisport Event of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Virtual Activity of the Year; and Virtual Coach of the Year.