Volunteer Awards 2009
40 Year Platinum Award
John Gebbels - S.E.A.A.
For voluntary services to Athletics for 44 years. Since running at school and in the Army he has tended to run in longer distances including many marathons. Member of Herne Hill Harriers since 1954 which has seen him fill numerous roles including Life Member, past President 1966/67, 1981/82 & 1982/83, Honorary Treasurer, Track Secretary, Starter and for many years organised the Heme Hill 10 Miles Road race and at present Officials Secretary. A qualified Track, Road & Cross-Country Official.
Road Runners Club - Member since 1955, fixtures Secretary for 15 years and past President
South of Thames Cross-Country Association - Committee member since 1975, past President 1995/96
Surrey County AA - was Hon. Secretary from 1975-1988, past President 1988/89 and present Championship Sub-Committee Secretary.
U.K Counties Athletic Union - Committee Member since 1975, Vice President and Past Chairman 1987/88
South of England AA - has been Chairman of both Road Running and Cross-Country Committees, Life Member & President 1999/2000, presently Chairman of SEAA Ltd
30 Year Gold Award
Gordon Biscoe - S.E.A.A.
For voluntary services to Athletics for over 38 years, being an active athlete from 1949 to 1985, his career saw him compete over distances ranging from a half mile up to the Marathon in Road, Cross Country and Track.
He started running and competing at school, for The Boys Brigade and subsequently in the RAF, where he was a member of a very successful Station team, both in the Shropshire County CC Championships and Inter -Command events during 1951/53, on leaving the RAF in 1953 he became a member of Belgrave Harriers which has seen him fill numerous roles including Road Running Captain, Road and Cross Country Team Manager from 1969 to 1987, Secretary of the Road and CC Management Committee from 1988 to the present day.
Since 1969 he has been Organiser/Co-ordinator of all Belgrave Harriers major Road and Cross
Country promotions, includes 25 years as organiser and race director of the Belgrave & Southern
Counties 12 Stage Road Relay and Belgrave 20 mile Road Race.
Served on the General Committee for over 45 years; Social Secretary in the early 1960's, and
currently Secretary of their Past Presidents Committee since 1991.
Made a Life Member in 1970; became President in 1986/87, and was appointed a trustee of the Club in 2002.
Represented Belgrave on the Surrey County AA Committee for several years, as well as the South of the Thames Cross Country Association and was past President in 1984/1985.
Was club representative on the South of England AA General Committee in 1993, actively and for the past eleven years been a member Road Running & Cross Country Working Groups.
Was appointed Vice President of the SEAA in 2006/07 and President from 2007 to 2009, and is currently their representative on the English Road Running Association.
A qualified Timekeeper Official.
Derek Ives - Haringey Sports Council
For voluntary services to Athletics for 30 years. Was Junior Club coach for Haringey AC/Enfield and team manager for the Juniors in a variety of leagues. Also supports the Haringey Team for the London Mini Marathon.
Produced County athletes for Middlesex in Cross Country & Track & Field.
Sandy Renton - Middlesex County Badminton AssociationFor voluntary services to Badminton for 34 years, was instrumental in setting up Hounslow West Badminton club 25 years ago. Current Club secretary and committee member of the club from the start. Current Treasurer of The Hounslow & Staines Badminton League. Involved in the Fabric & Maintenance Group of 'The Dome' formerly know as 'Hounslow Badminton Centre'.
Middlesex County Veterans Sub-Committee current Chairperson, having been a member for several years.
Member of the County Executive Committee
Tim Renton- Middlesex County Badminton AssociationFor voluntary services to Badminton for 34 years, was instrumental in setting up Hounslow West Badminton club 25 years ago. Was Club Captain and also Team Captain and committee member of the club from the start.
Since 1985 has been involved as maintenance manager of The Dome' formerly know as 'Hounslow Badminton Centre'. Produced plans and over saw the implementation of works to increase courts and update changing facilities when funding was received from Sport England.
Been a member of the Middlesex County Veterans Committee and has been the Over 55 years of age Team Captain.
Phyl Winger - S.E.A.A.
For voluntary services to Athletics for 34 years.
Ex athlete - Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Runner & Walker Club, County, Southern, National, International, Olympic, Commonwealth and European Athlete
Ex World Record 1500m & 3x800 relay
Ex Schoolteacher, Coach, Technical Official for Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Running & Walking.
Past Committees - SWAAA, London Schools, International Athletes Club, llford AC llford FC/Ilford AC Pavilion Committee.
Past Organiser - Havering Schools' Girls Cross Country Championships & Schools' Track and Cross Country Events.
Ex SEAA Member of Management Group / General Committee / TF Management Committee.
20 Year Silver Award
Vic Akers - Arsenal Ladies FC
For voluntary services to Women's Football for 23 years, was appointed Head of Arsenal's Community section in 1986, and in 1987 founded the successful Arsenal Ladies team, under his leadership they have won every major honour there is including Women's FA Cup 10 times, Women's FA Premier League Cup 11 times, Women's FA Premier League 11 times, though his greatest achievement was leading them to the quadruple in 2007 winning the Women's UEFA Cup, although going five years and 108 games in the league unbeaten, comes a close second.
Throughout his 23 years he is renowned for working tirelessly to promote women's football at all levels, it has been a difficult and sometimes lonely path but with determination and a strong character and the support from Arsenal Football Club, David Dein in particular has helped him make Arsenal Ladies the best in the country.
He has been totally committed to the cause working, supporting and helping players, coaches and managers throughout the game to fulfill their potential and encouraging them to go on to better things. He has indeed well and truly been a revelation in putting women's football in England on the sporting map.
Colin Aspinall - Sport Richmond Council
For voluntary services to Football for 26 years, has been involved in Barnes Eagles since 1983 for over 23 years as a coach, manager, committee member and now Chairman to which he has remained loyal to one club.
Current Chairman since 2002 during which time the club has grown to nearly 500 members, the club is now well funded and established in the local community. He has ensured the club has a good blend of experience and enthusiasm from parents and others and has established a structure and succession plan for the future to allow growth, as well as making the club inclusive to all abilities and ages.
Burk Gravis - Haringey Sports Council
For voluntary services to Athletics for 27 years, coaching at club level for Haringey Jogging Club
and supporting Enfield & Haringey AC since 1982. Football coaching Haringey L.F.C and
District Team at London Youth Games level.
Helped produce athletes for London Mini Marathon/London Youth Games for Haringey and in athletics Middlesex County.
Through working for Haringey Sports Development Trust and a mixture of voluntary work, internationals have been produced in Basketball/Athletics/Badminton & Weightlifting.
Jim MacGregor - S.E.A.A.
For voluntary services to Athletics for 26 years, currently club coach at St.Mary's Richmond AC
since 2006 and previously at Richmond & Twickenham AC from 1983-2006.
Lead Coach (Level 3) for sprints, jumps and hurdles at the club.
Official being a qualified Starter (club starter 1985-2009) & Field Judge. Club Committee member 1985-2009, team manager of young athletes 1995.
Previously Surrey squad coach for High Jump.
Currently coaching High Jump at Woking AC to help whilst a replacement is found.
Renowned for having great character, skills and technical ability has made him a very well respected Coach within the sport, this has enabled him to develop numerous athletes at all disciplines from novice 11 year olds up to British Internationals.
Marlowe Pratt - Hounslow Sports Forum
For voluntary services to Hounslow Sports Forum for 27 years, was a founder member of the 2000 Sports & Social club having held office for Sports-Fund raising. He has entered at local level as a visually impaired athlete with his wife Daphne and they have won many trophies for Javelin, Shot Putt and Discus.
Alan Stacey - Hounslow Sports Forum
For voluntary services to Hounslow Sports Forum for 27 years, the founder member of the 2000 Sports & Social club has shown great support through good and bad times.
His many endeavours won him his M.B.E and always encouraged members to try all sports, to which he always comes out a winner at Table Tennis.