Best of Darlington Awards 2019
Contribution to Sport Winner
Contribution to Sport
Sponsored by the Move More Team, Darlington Borough Council
The judges are looking for groups or individuals who have made a major contribution to sport in Darlington through commitment to organising activities, volunteering or by being role models to others in their attitude to sport.
Alan Rusk for 50 years of contribution to football in Darlington.
Andy Musgrave for the excellent support he has given to developing women’s football in Darlington.
Peter Walton for the support he has given to badminton in Darlington.
2019 Winner: Peter Walton
Peter has dedicated 46 years of service to his chosen sport. Aged 78 you will still find him every Saturday afternoon at the Dolphin Centre coaching for Dolphin Premier Badminton Club. He is a Badminton Level 3 Coach and Head Coach at The University of Sunderland and Farringdon Badminton Academy.
The game is truly his passion and his knowledge is often sought after. He has had the privilege to work alongside many elite coaches from all around the world to help fine tune his skills.
Peter has put in countless hours to Badminton and recently managed to help achieve a Premier Club status for Dolphin Badminton Club. He has helped develop many players throughout the town and has acted as a mentor and tutor for many budding coaches.
Award presented by Councillor Paul Howell
Darlington Sports Winners Awards
The Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by another former Mayor, Lee Vasey, went to a 78-year-old who has dedicated 46 years of his life to badminton.
Peter Walton, head coach of Dolphin Premier Badminton Club and Farringdon Badminton Academy, was honoured for guiding countless young badminton players during an illustrious career.
Peter said: “It’s hard to find someone to take over, so as long as I’ve got arms and legs, I’ll just carry on because I just love the sport.”
As you have seen I’m well now and back in business-Peter.
Although everyone can’t make it on a club night, things are going well and we are seeing new faces.
I’m still waiting to get operation done.i hope they haven.t forgotten me!!
Badminton sessions are going well through the Summer Holidays,but we are not on Friday 24th August as it is a holiday weekend.See you soon.
We are on every Friday through the Summer Holidays