As you may have already seen on Facebook (apologies for the delay in posting this here..!), Laurence is a finalist in the “Volunteer of the Year” category at the 2017 British Judo Awards. The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 11th November at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. The BJA receives on average around 300 nominations each year, so to be shortlisted as a finalist is a real achievement.
The “Volunteer of the Year” award is for “An individual who has been truly outstanding as a volunteer in their club, at local competitions and/or at national events” – criteria which I’m sure you’ll all agree Loz fulfils. He gives up a huge amount of his free time to support the club in so many different ways, as he has done for many years now. He’s the junior coach, a stalwart of the Wednesday randori sessions, travels to competitions to support our judoka (even those he doesn’t directly coach), a key member of the club committee…the list really does go on. That’s without even mentioning how involved he was in the move to our current location (the biggest upheaval we’ve seen as a club in decades – giving up weekends and evenings to fix up the old dojo). Suffice to say the club would like to wish Laurence the best of luck at the awards.