Congratulations Clive Knight – Energize Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Shining Light 2014
Nominated by Energize Telford, Shropshire and Wrekin, Clive is being passed on the baton by 2013 Shining Light John Williams.
From the very start Clive has been an advocate for Community Games however it was only when he retired that he felt had the time to commit to organise one himself.
Giving very little (if none at all) time to relax into retirement he gave himself just seven weeks to organise his event. Not content to start small, Clive wanted to challenge himself as a volunteer to organise a big two day event and was prepared to go the extra mile to achieve what he thought was realistically possible within his community.
Concerned about people’s health and lifestyles Clive wanted to encourage people to come along and have fun but he also wanted the event to encourage people to play sport and do more exercise in order to improve their health and wellbeing and therefore wanted to ensure that there were opportunities for the participant to take up the activity on a regular basis once the Games has finished.
Clive recognised the importance of engaging a wide mix of private, public and voluntary sectors to help make the Games the great success it was.
Commenting on his involvement with Community Games, Clive said, “This is the first time as a volunteer for over 35 years, I have been recognised in this way, so it is much appreciated and will give me encouragement that I must be doing something right, and help to keep me going! Hopefully I am perceived by some people as a role model, and my journey over five decades will inspire others to follow suit. There is an awful lot of work out there still to do, and a lot of new volunteers undoubtedly need to be found and come on board, otherwise this vital provision in the community will much reduce!”
Below, Clive pictured on the right hand side with three young Sport Makers