Hannah Webber, one of the founders and coach of Nottinghamshire Sheriffs Goalball Club, has won the Goalball UK Keith Lound Memorial Award.
The coveted award has been presented to Hannah to recognise her commitment and outstanding service to the sport.
Since founding Nottinghamshire Sheriffs Goalball Club over nine years ago, Hannah has continued to maintain the highest standards both on and off the court. Her role has been integral in building the foundations of the club, which has been home to many players and has hosted teams in all three levels of goalball.
Hannah has spearheaded the clubs excellent code of conduct, which prides itself on being welcoming and inclusive, while helping many outstanding goalball players to realise their potential.
In the true community spirit of goalball, Hannah has consistently and overwhelmingly supported the players and the club. From coaching and providing transport, to competition organisation and even at times accompanying injured players to the hospital, Hannah has embraced what it means to be part of the goalball family.
Speaking about the Keith Lound Memorial Award, Hannah said: “It is a really proud moment for me to receive this award. The last nine years with the club have been amazing and I have had the opportunity to coach and work alongside a countless amount of inspiring people.
“At the heart of our club, we want to make everyone feel comfortable and happy, no matter what their ability, background or aspirations are. Witnessing people embracing the sport and the positive impact it can have is an amazing part of goalball and why we started Nottingham Sheriffs.
“Goalball at our level is by its very nature inclusive and that’s something that we should be proud of and actively celebrate!”
Dina Murdie, chair of the Goalball UK awards panel, said: “Over many years, Hannah has demonstrated just what an incredible asset she is, not only to the Nottinghamshire Sheriffs, but to the entire goalball community.
“With the topic of diversity, inclusivity and equal opportunities being prominent in almost all walks of life, we felt that this year was the perfect time to present Hannah with the Keith Lound Memorial Award. She has set the gold standard of what this encompasses in goalball.
“Hannah’s work to establish Nottinghamshire Sheriffs and provide so many goalball opportunities for the local community has been inspiring. Her effort has ensured the club can continue to go from strength to strength.”
The Keith Lound Memorial Award is given annually to someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to assist in the development, facilitation and improved participation of the sport. It can go to anyone involved in goalball – ranging from players and coaches, to officials and volunteers.
You can check out the virtual presentation where Hannah is announced as the winner below.