We are making 2021 the Year of the Volunteer and shining a light on the brilliant work volunteers do for all forms of cycling across the home nations and we want to make sure we acknowledge the huge contribution volunteers make to cycling on a more regular basis.
Each month, we are taking nominations from our across the regions and home nations. If you think someone deserves a mention, get in touch on social media with your respective regional or national teams or via @BCCoaches on Twitter.
A huge thank you and well done to all that have been nominated in April 2021 from everyone at British Cycling.
Name: Paul Tunnell
Region: South East
Role and/or qualification: Commissaire, club member at Adiscombe CC
Paul is well known in the community for his dedication to Commissairing, and is a regular volunteer with the Road Race leagues.
Until the last couple of years Paul was regional treasurer and has been a long time member of the south east board, usually riding his bike to Board meetings!
Paul also volunteers for CTT and has been instrumental in supporting the return to competitive activity since restrictions lifted. Thanks for everything you do Paul!
Name: Emma Downey
Role and/or qualification: Coach & BMXercise Champion
Emma has become an invaluable BMXercise champion over the past year. She has been instrumental in ensuring that the BMXercise community in Bristol remains engaged through such a tough year whether that is by online calls and activites, one on one rides or groups rides (when allowed). She has also been supportive in getting further BMXercise sessions starting in Bristol, as well as Teen/Mini BMXercise to engage more girls into cycling and BMX. Nice one Emma!
Name: Breeze Derby - Teri, Val, Zillah, Angela and Jane
Region: East Midlands
Role and/or qualification: Breeze Champions
Our first team/group nomination! Throughout the 3rd and hopefully final lockdown, the Derby Breeze ladies took on an adventure cycling the distance from Derby to Kenya. The adventure was a great piece of engagement providing support to fellow ride leaders and programme participants alike, additionally encouraging much-needed social connection through a time when it was most needed.
Huge thanks, Teri, Val, Zillah, Angela and Jane for your efforts in encouraging people to ride and keep riding!
Name: Liz Fairweather
Home nation: Scotland
Role and/or qualification: Club Administrator, Glasgow Gals CC
Liz has been a key part of the team at Glasgow Gals CC working behinds the scenes to help ensure the club did not stagnate and continued to support people with their physical and mental wellbeing.
Liz has continued to deal with new memberships and enquires, created a welcome pack, supported and organised social rides and skill sessions and sharing best practice with other clubs and organisations. She goes the extra mile to support club members with everything from technology to join zoom sessions to recceing new routes. Thanks Liz!
Name: Emma Roberts
Region: South West
Role and/or qualification: Level 2 MTB Coach & Bikeability Instructor & Breeze Champion
Emma is a passionate Level 2 MTB Coach, National Standard Instructor and Breeze Champion in Cornwall. She is dedicated to making cycling more inclusive for everyone, particularly children and women. She has set up a number Go-Ride Clubs within the South West, including the newly formed Woody’s Bike Project, where she’s been recruiting volunteers (including Young Volunteers) to run sessions and events in 2021. Throughout the pandemic, she’s been following government and British Cycling guidelines to keep people on their bikes as much as possible! Thanks, Emma, for all your hard work and enthusiasm!
Name: David Hadsley
Role and/or qualification: Event Organiser for CC Ashwell Cyclo-cross
After a long period of lockdown Dave's desire to get events running was infectious and he managed to get a team of likeminded club folk to support him running a series of Cyclo Cross events.
The diligence he went to too make sure the 3 events he ran where safe, gave the opportunity to 223 seniors, 88 U16’s and 91 U12’s this included 81 woman and girls. Not only did these events allow the riders to enjoy themselves, it also gave a confidence to other organisers to look at running events and if the 2nd lockdown had not been put into place the region would have had a full winter CX calendar.
As can also be seen from the picture Dave loves to ride himself but this never entered his mind as he just wanted to put on the events for others - nice one Dave!
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