HRH the Princess Alexandra presented a Torch Award to Whitchurch resident Peter Turner, President of Overton Black Arrows for his services to the sport over many years.
Peter was nominated by the club’s chairman David Backers through the national archery body, the Grand National Archery Society. David, his wife Ann and the President of GNAS Trish Lovell and her husband Derrick Lovell MBE accompanied Peter to the presentation at the Army and Navy Club in London’s Pall Mall.
“It was an honour to nominate Peter. He is the embodiment of voluntary commitment to sport. He has put immeasurable time and effort into the sport he loves at club, regional, national and international level for 49 years. He is still active as a judge and has served on a number of committees. We know him best as a club member. He is our club coach, and helps run three beginners’ courses every year as well as advising members unstintingly. For many years he practically ran the club singlehandedly and still contributes massively to the club. Without his efforts the club would have disappeared when times were tough but the club is flourishing again and Peter has been instrumental in achieving this.”
Trish Lovell, President of GNAS, said that when she and her husband heard that Peter had been nominated they ‘just had to come’ in recognition of his work for over 49 years.
The Torch Awards
The Torch Awards are made by the Torch Trophy Trust which is sponsored by Daks Simpson Group. These are the 49th awards which are available to all sports as a celebration of those who give voluntary service to sports – the unseen heroes of sport – throughout the UK.
Its President is Sir Bobby Charlton CBE and its Chairman is Roger Uttley OBE, and the trustees contain many a galaxy of British Sporting stars. Nineteen awards were made this year.
The Award was established after the 1948 Olympics when organiser commander Bill Organiser Commander Bill Collins was given one of the torches made for the final leg of the relay from Olympia to Wembley. The Award was set up to recognise unsung heroes. In 1948 the Torch Relay also came through Whitchurch and their is a campaign underway to ensure it visits in 2012 too!
This is a fantastic achievement and Peter has the congratulations of us all.
Overton Black Arrows meet at Testbourne Sports Hall on Wednesdays and Fridays, and run regular beginner courses.
Equipment is available while learning.
Call 01256 893638 for further information or see their website (as below).
Additional information sources:
www.torchtrophytrust.org : this site gives general information about the Torch Trophy Trust, its aims and trustees. At time of writing it does not have details of the 2011 winners.
www.archerygb.org : the website of GNAS has a picture and an article of Peter Turner on its front page.
www.blackarrows.org.uk : the photos tab has pictures of the presentation which may be downloaded (please give an attribution to the club).