NSAC, along with its volunteers and helpers, is no stranger to the England Athletics National Volunteer Awards, having scooped up a large number of awards in the last couple of years, including South West Club & Coach (Chris Millard) of the Year 2018 , & Official (Martin Fisher) & Young Volunteer (Sophie Millard) of the Year 2019, as well as coming in Runners Up in the Inclusion Award Category 2019.
And that winning streak has been continued in the 2020 Volunteer Awards, as Debbie Brooks has won the title of South West Volunteer of the Year 2020! In a slightly different Awards Ceremony to previous years, Debbie was announced as the winner by means of a video presentation (full video of the awards ceremony can be found here)
As in previous year’s, South West Award Winners are put forward for the opportunity to win the National Award, which of course we wish Debbie all the luck in the world for!
Debbie’s Winning Nomination
“The Volunteer of the Year award for the South West winner for 2020 is Debbie Brooks of North Somerset Athletics Club. She is very passionate about athletics and cross country and shows it on a regular basis. As one of the ‘front of house’ contacts for the club, Debbie is the smiling face at training and competitions: new recruits are told to ‘look for Debbie’ at meetings! She will have pins, numbers, information, vests, timetables and enthusiasm to ensure nervous athletes are relaxed. The club as a whole feels fortunate to have such a dedicated, enthusiastic volunteer giving her time freely at all times of the year to help everyone succeed. Debbie has been volunteering with the club for four years and from being asked to assist a team manager, she has stepped into many roles: track and field team manager, cross country camp coordinator, athlete recruitment for cross country, committee member and assisting the membership secretary. This year she has used her expertise to support the track and field team managers offering help and guidance following her successful recruitment of new team managers. She takes on her volunteering roles with an overwhelmingly positive attitude, infecting those around her with her enthusiasm.”