SGS College Win Twice in the South West Pride of Table Tennis Awards
The Table Tennis Academy at SGS College in Bristol have scooped two awards at the “South West Pride of Table Tennis England Awards”.
The annual Pride of Table Tennis Awards seeks to honor the volunteers, officials, coaches and personalities who are the heartbeat of the sport.
Sam O’Toole a full time student at SGS College who is studying a Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology course whilst developing his table tennis career at the same time has won the SW Young Volunteer Award.
This award is to recognise a person under 25 years of age for their dedication, commitment or impact on a club, on a voluntary basis over the past 12 months. This includes those young people involved in coaching.
“To receive a nomination for the award was great, just a little praise for the work I have done is also nice. To have won the regional award is something special and I am almost lost for words as I felt that I was just helping out” Said Sam.
The second award for SW Regional Table Tennis Coach of the Year was won by Nick Davidson, the Head Table Tennis Coach at SGS College.
A full time level 3 coach, Nick works with a number of students at college developing their table tennis skills together with a number of community events and a table tennis club at the college.
“To have been nominated by so many people is really special, and makes me feel that the effort put in is making a real difference to so many people in the region. I would like to thank all of those who put in nominations as this takes work itself. I feel very humbled to be in such good company of the past winners” Said Nick
Selection for both awards was carried out by a regional judging panel and the winners received a trophy and certificate. This was presented by Jos Kelly the SW Regional Chair at the recent training day at SGS College. The two winners have now been put forward to the national judging panel for a chance to be shortlisted for our National Pride of Table Tennis Awards in March 2019.