2011-12 SW Award Winners

2012 Doreen Dingle Award for Administration: Dave Robson

Role: Secretary Cornwall Volleyball Association, coach and Referee

Successes achieved: 30 years, probably more.

Dave has been secretary of the Cornwall Association for over 20 years. He has passed it on whenever he went to sea but was always asked to do it again when he returned. In the good times he is supportive of new initiatives and helps. In the bad times, and there have been several, he keeps the Association ticking over until others come along to help.

2012 Bert Williams Referee Award: Andrew Smith

Role: Calne Comets VC

Successes achieved: Upgraded to Grade II Referee, selected for Olympics as line judge

Andy has lived and worked in the Calne area for about 10 years. He has refereed for most of that time both in the Wiltshire League and National League. He has also spent the past 5 years on the National Technical Officer (NTO) programme which has been training line judges and scorers for the Olympics and Paralympics.

Much of this training has involved going to top NVL matches at his own expense, and he has regularly line-judged at national and national and international events. This has culminated in Andy’s selection for the Olympics.

Andy is an ‘unsung hero’ who quietly gets on with the job taking all the normal refereeing challenges in his stride. He is highly thought of amoungst his peers and sets a fine example for lesser experienced referees.

2012 SW Coach Award: Jose Castro

Role: Team South Wales/ Head CoachWales Boys/ Head coachUWIC Junior Academy / Head Coach

Successes achieved: Jose has coached Team South Wales to become a successful team. Successes last year include Winning the NVL play-offs and promotion to Division 1, winning the National Shield Final, winning the South West Champs, and winning the Cardiff Open.

Jose has without question raised the professionalism of coaching and volleyball in Wales. He has consistently committed his personal time to developing our NVL team, as well as being the coach of the Welsh Junior Boys squad and coaching in schools. Jose’s professionalism is outstanding and he runs our team as if it were professional.

He has pushed for us to train up to three times a week, for two hours per session, plus been at every game, home and away. Even with this level of personal commitment he looks to do more and to take us further. Every session is meticulously planned and led with enthusiasm and I can honestly say we have enjoyed every one of the many training sessions we’ve done.


Jose with the 2012 SW Champsionship Winners Team South Wales

Commitment to SW Volleyball Award: Sue Pierce

Role: She has retired from active involvement, but her legacy lives on with Melksham playing an active part in SW Junior Competitions

Successes achieved: Sue has played at the highest levels – NVL and England over many years earlier in her volleyball career. It is however as a teacher, coach and club leader that I believe she deserves this award.

Under her leadership Sue has produced large numbers of very high standard volleyball players for George Ward, Melksham, regional squads and England squads. In doing so she has flown the flag not only for volleyball in the local area but in the SW as well – there are so many excellent young people who have gone on to be ambassadors for the club, and for the region.

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