IF anyone had a keen eye on the 2012 Olympics it would have been last year’s winner of the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence Volunteer of the Year award.
Victoria Karran, who was the Volunteer Coordinator on the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011, knows better than anyone the dedication it takes behind the scenes to deliver support for a top flight event.
In addition, Jennie Walker accepted the Teamwork award on behalf of all of those who volunteered in any way at the CYG - who collectively were known as the Rainbow Army.
‘Undoubtedly, the CYG 2011 would not have been such a success without the smiles, kindness, support and enthusiasm from the Rainbow Army - they showed off the best of the Isle of Man’s hospitality,’ Victoria explained. ‘Like the Olympic Games Makers who were praised by Lord Coe in the Closing Ceremony speeches a couple of weeks ago, our volunteers also played a huge part in the success and legacy of the CYG 2011. The Commonwealth Games Federation has officially stated that they now want future Commonwealth Youth Games to use the model of the successful Isle of Man Games. This is fantastic recognition of what the Isle of Man achieved here last year when some initially doubted that such a small nation would be able to put on a Commonwealth Youth Games.’
Victoria added: ‘We were delighted to see that two of the athletes who had competed in the CYG 2011 got Olympic medals; Amos from Botswana and Kitum from Kenya received silver and bronze in the Olympics 800m Men’s Finals. It’s great that we had these world class athletes competing in the Isle of Man last summer. Victoria continued: ‘People who volunteer don’t usually do it for any recognition or reward but the Volunteer of the Year Award is a fantastic way to acknowledge their unsung hard work and dedication. Personally, I felt this was a very special Award and I was very honoured to receive it last year. I encourage people to nominate someone who they feel deserves it - I know there are a lot of very worthy candidates out there who do.’
This year’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, will be held on November 15. If you know anyone who deserves to be nominated for Volunteer of the Year, you can find an application form at www.iomtoday.co.im or in reception at Publishing House, in Peel Road, Douglas. To find out more, contact Trudi Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sarah Radcliffe (email@example.com) or call 695695 for more information.
This year’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, will be held on November 15.
Application forms are available at www.iomtoday.co.im/afe.
If you would like to find out more about what entering can do for you, contact Trudi Williamson (tjw(at)newsiom.co.im) or Sarah Radcliffe (sarah.radcliffe(at)newsiom.co.im) or 695695 for more information.