Gary Nuttall Receives Volunteer Recognition Award

Congratulations go to Gary Nuttall, who received a prestigious British Cycling Volunteer Recognition Award for his work as a Club Official at British Cycling's Annual Awards Night at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton last Saturday. Unfortunately, Gary wasn't present to receive his award, but below are extracts from the Awards Night presentations, taken from British Cycling's website.

British Cycling asks each region to nominate a volunteer to receive a Volunteer Recognition Award at the Annual Gala Dinner. There are four categories for nominations: club coaches, club officials, event officials and young people.

The Volunteer awards have become an integral and much appreciated part of the evening. It's the sport's chance to thank the numerous people who selflessly give up their time in a wide range of roles to ensure that the sport happens. British Cycling's Rob Jefferies co-ordinates the volunteer awards and he has put together five compilations, each dedicated to a branch of volunteering, and each outlining some of the reasons why people have been nominated for awards. It's a fascinating insight into the world of volunteering:

North West - Gary Nuttall, Astley & Tyldesley CSC - Mike Hack writes:
"Gary became involved with the Astley & Tyldesley Club at the start of the 2001 season, when his son John joined the club. Two years later, Gary became a qualified British Cycling Level 2 Club Coach and took over as the club's Track Manager. Since then he has taken the club's junior training sessions every Tuesday evening during the season and has also taken coaching sessions in schools, working in conjunction with British Cycling's Regional Coach. Gary has also single-handedly maintained the club's facilities over the past five years, ensuring that the club has preserved its status as the North's Regional Cycle Speedway Centre, at the Gin Pit venue. Gary, also serving as the Club Chairman, undertakes some refereeing duties and is the Event Manager on match days at Gin Pit.

Despite having had no involvement with cycling prior to 2001, Gary has maintained his commitment to the club, even after his son ended his involvement in cycling two years ago. Gary's expertise as a Health & Safety Officer enables the club to be mindful of some of the wider issues facing the running of clubs and events. Gary is looking forward to further developing the club's facilities and junior riding strength in the years ahead."

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