N. Penn

Active Lincolnshire is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships based across the country whose role is to develop and support physical activity across their county.

One of their roles is to celebrate sports competitors and the volunteers who are crucial to the running of all sports. Following last year’s success, winning the Young Volunteer of the Year as a county organisation, we nominated the following people and partners.

Ian Heald

Ian is Chairman of Yarborough Target Shooting Club and a member of Hemswell Club. He is also an Instructor on the Range Conducting Officer course and Marksman’s Badge working in several schools across the county to promote our sport. Ian was shortlisted in the Active Lincolnshire Sports Awards for Sports Volunteer of the Year Award which he subsequently won.

Nick Penn

Nick from the Sleaford Small-bore Rifle Club was short listed for Sportsman of the Year. Nick has competed at club regional, national and international level. He is a member of the Coaching Committee and has contributed to county development in the support of County Prone Squad and training. Nick finished in the top three.

Having made it into the last three, both were interviewed by staff from Active Lincolnshire who made a short video which was played at the Sports Awards Presentation, Lincolnshire Showground on the 1st November, reflecting the hard work both have put in to achieving recognition from the sporting community of Lincolnshire.

Also nominated but did not reach the final three were:

Disability Athlete of the Year - Ian Spridgens, Instructor, Disability England Member and County Bell Target Champion.

Club of the Year - Grantham Target Shooting Club, British Shooting Disability Hub Club, Visual Impairment Centre linked with Lindsey Blind Society and Charles Dowd School plus two Scout groups.

Community Activity Bell Target Shooting at four new venues - Over 600 people have tried the sport and achieved national recognition in Air Gunner and Countryman’s Weekly.

School Department of the Year - Priory City School for their work in promoting Target Shooting and the support from their staff to make the Marksman’s Project a success.

Dave Carter

Nick Penn interview

Photo credit: Chris Vaughan Photography.