Let’s congratulate Lisa Miller and Adam Thomas for their wins at England Athletics Awards Evening, held at the Crowne Plaza in Kensington on Monday 1st October 2018.
LISA MILLER won runner up VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR for her services to the local community for over a decade. Having represented GB as an elite athlete herself, and being a silver Commonwealth medallist, Lisa put her in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of athletics in the UK to good use. After retiring from the sport due to injury then working at England Athletics, Lisa ran outreach multi-sports and athletics sessions within schools. Lisa noticed a gap in the local athletics provision and had the vision to set up S-Factor Academy in 2010. Since then she has spent immeasurable time coaching and strategically steering the S-Factor ship – and at one point or another over the past 8 years of the club’s existence she has fulfilled every volunteer role there is to execute!
Her long established connections in the sport mean we have excellent working relationships with local schools, sports clubs, school sports partnerships, local authorities and National Governing Bodies (NGB). Today, Lisa sits on the management committee providing advice and strategic oversight to the club’s direction and overall activities – and of course hands on coaching from time to time! Needless to say, without her there would be no S-Factor, and we are proud she continues to fly the flag for the club within the industry! CONGRATULATIONS goes to LISA MILLER, who fought off very stiff competition this year to win runner up VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!
ADAM THOMAS won the INCLUSION AWARD for his role in transforming our inclusive section to the amazing group that it is today. Adam joined S-Factor as a volunteer coach in March 2013 after being inspired by completing the London Marathon for charity. As a member of Access Sport’s inclusion team, IGNITE, he agreed to volunteer as S-Factor’s first disability coach. Adam has built partnerships with various organisations and schools that work with disabled young people throughout London. Running Disability sessions within Special Educational Needs schools such as Brent Knoll, Drumbeat school and 6th form, Kaleidoscope, SELVis, LeSoCo & George Greens. He is also a part of the inclusion team at Access Sport helping to tackle behavioural issues within the community. This social inclusion project works alongside StreetGames to make available sports leadership courses to all S-Factor volunteers.
In addition, Adam, as part of the S-Factor team, has helped to secure funding for the club (including successfully securing funding from the Lewisham Council for five racing wheelchairs). Adam has raised grant funding for, organised, and ran a Summer Camp at Ladywell Arena, partnering with Team Personal Best and attracting high profile para athletes Vanessa Wallace and Sam Rudduck. He has been instrumental in overseeing the participation of his group in The Little Half, The Mini Marathon & Para Athletics @ London Youth Group since 2015, as well as organising intra club championships for his division. He has also attracted external sponsorship from volunteers who have participated in half marathons.
HE also recently became a MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR as part of England Athletics Mental Health Programme.
There are many additional highlights that could be listed but those set out above are just a few accomplishments. Adam has spent a tremendous amount of time building his division to what it is today, tirelessly running his sessions come rain, shine or snow! His dedication to the team is inspiring. With the growing profile of para athletics, we need to commend and reward volunteers like Adam who inspire our next generation of para athletes. This contribution to our community should never be overlooked. This is why he won INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!
Adam now goes on to represent S-Factor at ENGLAND ATHLETICS’ NATIONAL VOLUNTEER AWARDS held in Coventry on 13th October 2018 along with other regional winners in his category!
LET’S WISH HIM LUCK!!!