Award Recognition for Long Standing Committee Member
At the recent Regional Volunteer Awards, Middlesbrough AC life member, Jill King was recognised for her outstanding service to athletics.
The virtual presentation event was organised and hosted by England Athletics and showcased the hard work of many volunteers throughout the North East. There were several awards handed out during the evening, with all but one focusing on the exceptional commitment from volunteers in the last year. In contrast, the Services to Athletics award recognises a volunteer with outstanding service to the sport over the long term. This year’s worthy winner of the Services to Athletics award was Jill King.
In her nomination Jill was described as an inspiration to others, she has been the membership secretary for over 35 years and without her hard work and dedication as the backbone of the club, Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) wouldn’t exist. She has also taken on other roles on the committee at challenging times or when a lack of volunteers have been available, such as chairperson and secretary, and this has been the case during this very difficult time. Jill is an amazing role model in terms of commitment, drive and passion to keep the club in existence and provide the best opportunities for local athletes. She also volunteers at local school track and cross country competitions, which allows her to not only support the local area but club athletes. Jill has helped increase membership by providing opportunities for participation via Fantastic 4 and allowing other clubs to compete and raising the profile of primary athletics in the local area. She recognises the importance of rewarding athletes by organising and hosting annual awards nights, liaising with coaches to provide personal messages to each athlete in order to add a special touch.
At the end of 2020, Jill will be stepping down from the committee and the various roles and responsibilities she has within the Middlesbrough AC. She is looking forward to spending more time with her partner, Alan, completing long walks in the hills and getting back to the Riverside to watch the Boro. Jill still plans to support the club and its activities in the future, but feels the time is right for the younger generation to lead the club forward.