Murray Dadswell, who graduated in 2011 with a BSc. in Sports Coaching from the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, was presented with the accolade at the 6th Loughborough Flames: Lighting the Way festival, on Friday 18 November 2011.
Murray was selected from the 5,000 young leaders trained as part of the 2012 Inspire programme and nominated for the award by his tutor Hannah Dingley, who said: “Murray’s infectious personality and passion for sport and activity shone throughout his involvement in the Flames programme. The children were inspired by his enthusiasm and innovative delivery.”
On collecting his award and £250 grant donated by Sports4Schools, Murray said: “I am delighted to win. It’s great to know that your work has been seen by others and seen to be a good thing.”
Murray was in good company among the many VIPs who included Flames ambassadors Nicola White, England hockey player and Commonwealth bronze medallist, Guy Learmonth and UK 800m indoor champion and 1948 double bronze cycling medallist Tommy Godwin. All were attending the Flames festival to celebrate the National Olympic legacy programme designed to get children and young people more active.
The highlight of the day came when the 140 children present from four Loughborough primary schools re-created the Olympic torch relay using the genuine 1948 Olympic torch.
Nicola White said: “I love coming here and it just seems to keep getting better and better. The work that the young leaders are doing is fantastic. It’s a really important role to teach younger children about and health and exercise because they are our athletes of the future.”
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Murray Dadswell is pictured with his Flames: lighting the way award and the 1948 Olympic torch.