10:00am Friday 30th March 2012
By James Tourgout
ACCOUNTANT Colin Willcox has won the Terry Collin award after the trophy was presented for the first time in five years.
The Bridport and Lyme Regis News and Terry Collin Fund joined forces to bring back the honour for unsung sporting heroes in the community.
And Colin, who was nominated by Richard Balson, claimed the prize after a readers’ vote in the pages of the News.
He finished ahead of runner-up Bob Hall, Jenni Broom-West and Geoff Joy.
Colin, 53, who works for Scott Vevers accountants, said: “It is a great honour to win the award.”
Colin said that he knew Terry for many years as they worked in neighbouring offices in East Street.
He added: “Terry was a great supporter of all of the local sports.”
Colin has been involved in playing and organising local sports teams and initiatives – including football, cricket and skittles – for nearly 40 years. He still plays cricket for Symene Cricket Club and is also a keen golfer.
He has helped found the Mark Broad Foundation and is a leading light in the Symene Sports Club.
The Terry Collin award was set up in memory of of former Bridport and Lyme Regis News sports editor Terry Collin, who died aged 59 in 2002.
His sisters Heather Crabb and Mary Reed presented the award to Colin. Their sister Anna Fowles, who lives in Cornwall with husband David, was unable to make it but sent her congratulations.
Mary, who travelled down especially from Buckinghamshire for the presentation with husband Clement, said: “Terry would be amazed that an award is presented in his name.
“He was a very self-effacing man and would have been overwhelmed by the response to it.”
Heather, who was with husband John, congratulated Colin but also thanked all those who nominated a sporting hero as well as those who voted and former News editor David Cozens for his help, support and expertise.
She said: “It is absolutely brilliant.
“Colin is a very worthy winner. It was nice that everybody at the presentation knew Terry.
“The award is great as people can see exactly what goes on behind the scenes and who should be recognised for it.”
The Terry Collin Fund was also set up in Terry’s memory by his family to help local disabled sports people.
It has been supporting young runners Joe Allen, of Bridport, and Paul Blake, of Came Down, as they bid for places in the 2012 GB Paralympic team.
The fund has previously helped sports people with transport and equipment costs as well paying for facilities and costs to help disabled people access and watch sport.
Heather said: “It has helped people in quite a significant way and had made quite and impact on individuals.”
Call Heather on 01308 863176 to donate to the fund or for more information about its work.
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