Nominate someone for the Jean Ratcliff Lifetime Contribution Award
Nominations for the 2016 Sporting Chance Awards are now open, including the Jean Ratcliff Lifetime Contribution Award.
Jean Ratcliff was an incredibly determined, inspirational and truly selfless woman. In her honour, the award was re-named the ‘Jean Ratcliff Lifetime Contribution Award’, and presented to someone else who allowed others to flourish against all odds. Jean believed that it is not always about the children, but also about the support system behind them.
Last year’s winner was David Hooper. Five years ago, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness and given only 12 months to live. He gave up work to spend time with his family and help his disabled grandson pursue his tennis career, taking on the role of coach and chaperone. Since then, David has travelled all over Europe to enable Alfie Hewett to participate in a range of competitions and reach the rank of British no.1 in junior tennis. They are spurred on by a determination to make each other proud, and their dream is to reach the Rio 2016 Olympics – together.
David said: “The Lord’s Taverners sponsored Alfie with his first wheelchair and set him on the road to playing wheelchair tennis. They’ve been a fantastic help and without them we wouldn’t be where we are, so it’s a very special occasion. It’s been an uphill struggle but I always knew Alfie was special and it’s been worth it because we’ve achieved something.”
Click here for more information about the Sporting Chance Awards and how to submit your nominations.
Applications close at midday on 30 June 2016 and shortlisted nominees will be notified by the end of July and invited, along with a guest (two representatives per club/programme), to the Sporting Chance Awards Lunch on 21 October at Guildhall in London.