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.
“My name’s Rob Osborn and I’m the event director at Mallory Park Children’s Triathlon, the 2019 Triathlon England Children’s Event of the Year.
“It was a huge shock and a fantastic feeling to find out we had been nominated because we were relatively new to event organising.
“For us, participant safety and satisfaction is at the heart of our strategy so, when we found out about the nomination, it was humbling to know that someone had recognised what we’d set out to achieve.
“Our sport is really brought together by volunteers and, without them, we wouldn’t have events, coached sessions or clubs. In general, volunteers are selfless individuals who don’t seek recognition, so nominating someone is a great way to show your appreciation and recognise the time and effort they put in to help others enjoy triathlon.
“To be recognised by your governing body is a huge honour and I think it’s really important to the sport that we have a national awards programme.
“During lockdown, volunteers will be carrying on to maintain facilities, keep clubs running, organising online activities and much more, as well as preparing for what post-lockdown activities might look like.
“All of the hard work of volunteers should be celebrated because they’ve helped us to know that our sport is alive and bursting with enthusiasm, even in these restricted times.”
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.