Recognition for unsung hero

Peter Swettenham receiving his Eagle Radio Local Hero Award from Cancer Partners UK’s operations director, Paul McPartlan (left)

A team from GenesisCare UK was delighted to attend Eagle Radio’s recent Local Heroes award ceremony, and see so many champions recognised for their selfless contribution to the local community.

GenesisCare UK sponsored the Sports Award, and Jacqui Dorney, Guildford centre acknowledge the positive impact that Judo instructor, Peter Swettenham, has had on local youngsters.

Peter runs Witley Judo Club, and his energy and determination has led to children and young adults getting involved in the sport. In addition to becoming fitter and healthier, many have also gained confidence and a sense of achievement that have benefited them beyond the dojo. In addition, some have gone on to become national champions.

Jacqui said: “It was fantastic hearing everyone’s inspirational stories.

“Pete was very humble about receiving this award, but was such a worthy winner - his positive approach has made a real difference to so many people. He’s also very generous and doesn’t allow anything to get in the way of someone achieving their potential. We were thrilled to present him with his award.”

After accepting his award, Pete explained: “It really isn’t about me, but about the kids to come to training and put so much effort in. I work with a brilliant team of coaches, and we just want to create an environment of good judo, great behaviour and mutual respect. I was taught by a really inspirational coach, Dick Cooper, and I’m just passing that on; seeing the students thrive is such a reward.

“And I must thank my beautiful wife Abi, daughter Scarlett and son Rudy, whose support enables me to do what I do.”

Emma Whittaker-Axon, Head of Sponsorship with, Eagle Radio added: “It was an overwhelming evening, and a great way to celebrate those unsung heroes right on our doorstep. Without the support of community-focussed organisations like Cancer Partners UK these awards would simply not be possible.”

An insight into life at Witley Judo Club and why Pete was selected for the Eagle Radio 2014 Sports Hero Award can be found here.

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