“One of Mevagissey Rowing Club’s longest standing members has been honoured with a prestigious award for his volunteer work.
Club Secretary Martin Walton has been involved with the pilot gig club for around 20 years, and instrumental in campaigning for new equipment and organising events while being heavily involved with the day to day running of the club.
He was put forward as Volunteer of the Year by his fellow rowers at Mevagissey without his knowledge and succeeded in winning the regional award for the whole of the west country, taking the accolade over candidates across Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall from the British Rowing Association.
Mr Walton said: “I didn’t know anything about it until the British Rowing Association called and asked to interview me about it. It’s really lovely, I wasn’t expecting it, and it’s great to be recognised after 19-odd years.”
During his time at Mevagissey Gig Club, Mr Walton has forged links with rowers in the Faroe Islands, and has generated support in grants to raise funds to pay for new gigs and equipment over the years.
He has also taken part in the organisation of countless training sessions in all weathers, and rowed for the club’s men’s crews, while coxswaining ladies’ crews too.”
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