Torch Trophy Trust honours Goalball volunteer

March 8, 2018

A dedicated volunteer for Goalball, the only Paralympic team sport specifically designed for blind and visually impaired (VI) athletes, has received one of the highest sports volunteer honours.

On Wednesday 7th March, Adam Knott was given the Jimmy Hill Award for Young Volunteer of the year. The honour was bestowed by HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the Torch Trophy Trust awards for his commitment to goalball.

The Torch Trophy Trust has been celebrating sports volunteers since 1962, with a member of the Royal Family presenting the awards each year since 1980.

Adam, an NQT music teacher from Winchester, was nominated by the governing body of the sport, for his dedicated service to the game – as a GB player, club founder and coach.

He said: “It is a huge part of my life. From competing in the Copper Box at London 2012, to founding Winchester goalball club and coaching young players – I’ve experienced the sport at every level.

“Recognition from the Torch Trophy Trust is a tremendous honour, and I hope it will help to raise awareness of this amazing sport.”Torch Trophy Trust honours Goalball volunteer

Becky Ashworth, National Development Manager said: “The impact that Adam has had on the sport in the UK cannot be understated.

“As part of ParalympicsGB at London 2012, he inspired some of our current GB players and continues to support emerging talent in his coaching role at Winchester goalball club.

“He helped the GB men’s squad reach the IBSA A League – the highest level of European competition and, while he is now retired from international competition, his dedication to the sport has not wavered.”

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball UK added: “Adam symbolises everything that is special about goalball.
“A dedicated player and coach – his vital work at Winchester is ensuring that the next generation of talent have all the guidance and support they need to fulfil their potential. He is truly transforming lives.”

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