Winchester based Paralympian Adam Knott was given the Jimmy Hill Award for Young Volunteer of the year for his commitment to Goalball.
Adam was nominated by Goalball UK, the sports governing body, for his dedication to the game as a GB player, club founder (Winchester Goalball club) and coach.
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.”
Goalball is the only Paralympic team sport specifically designed for blind and visually impaired (VI) athletes. Participants compete in teams of three and try to throw a ball that has bells inside it, into the opposing teams goal.
Adam competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympics, and he made the decision to retire from playing internationally roughly a year ago, but says he has plenty of happy memories to look back on.
He said “Goalball 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.”
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; Knott was presented the Young Volunteer of the year award by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on March 7th.
Adam’s work at Winchester Goalball Club, of which he is the founder, was a big reason for his nomination. The club has gone from strength to strength and is now the largest in the country.
National Development Manager for Goalball UK, Becky Ashworth, 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.”