Stephen Wallace receives his Volunteer of the Year award from scottishathletics chief executive Mark Munro at the FPSG Awards (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Cumbernauld coach and administrator Stephen Wallace picked up our Volunteer of the Year title at the FPSG Awards night after making a huge contribution to that club in recent years.
Here’s the citation from Cumbernauld AAC:
‘Like so many volunteers, Stephen has multiple ‘hats’ but he is a bit unique in that he splits his time between administration and coaching as well as holding down a demanding full-time job and family duties.
‘He is club secretary at Cumbernauld AAC, a role which, as all secretaries will appreciate, takes up a lot of time. But he can also be found coaching on club nights and organising the groups at the start of each evening. As a sprints coach, he has coached many athletes including Lewis Brown who has reached GB Junior selection at 400m.
‘Locally Stephen has been key to establishing strategically important partnerships for the club with the local authority, Active Schools and Greenfaulds High School. These partnerships in the last 12 months have led to the club working with Active Schools to deliver athletics competition throughout Cumbernauld.
‘Not only does Stephen co-ordinate training and competition for athletes in Cumbernauld AAC but he also co-ordinates and manages the composite team of Cumbernauld, Airdrie and Motherwell AC in the YDL where the U17 team qualified for the 2018 Scottish Challenge Final.
‘Stephen has a great attitude; he is diligent and respectful to all and has an outstanding commitment to not only his club but to the sport as a whole. This was demonstrated when he was selected by scottishathletics to be a Team coach at the Celtic Games held at Grangemouth in August 2018.
‘Stephen was honoured to have been selected for this role but he had already booked his family holiday to Madeira which clashed with the date.
‘He considered the logistical challenge and accepted the coaching role arranging at his own expense a flight back to Manchester then a train to Stirling where he met up with the team on the night prior to the competition.
‘He then successfully carried out all his coaching duties (the team won all seven trophies) before joining the team for the awards dinner and presentation and travelling back to Madeira to re-join his family for the remainder of his holiday.’