With the 2020 Triathlon England Awards now open for nominations, we got in touch with our 2019 winners to hear what it meant to them to be nominated and win.
“I’m Harvey Colver and I was named the Triathlon England Young Volunteer of the Year for 2019.
“Being nominated made me feel incredibly proud, but it also showed me that all of the hard work was worth it. It made me realise that people really do appreciate what I, as a volunteer, and the team at RaceRapid do.
“I’d definitely recommend people nominate volunteers who’ve supported them because, in my case, it gave me that added motivation to do my best to support participants, knowing that they appreciated it enough to nominate me.
“I also think that having the awards will inspire others to get involved in volunteering because people will find out about the opportunities and have the added sense that it is worth doing for the first time.
“As volunteers, we give up our time to help others to participate and, whilst we don’t do it for the recognition, it is a real motivator to carry on and enjoy volunteering when you know you’re having an impact and what you’ve done is valued.
“With lockdown it can appear as though everything has stopped, however there are still volunteers working in the background helping to keep everything moving forwards.
“Their hard work needs to be recognised, now more than ever, because of the additional challenge that the pandemic has brought to the running of venues, clubs and activities and getting them ready for whenever lockdown eases.”
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.
To find out more and to nominate, please use the button below.