Linda Dickinson – nominated by Christine Burdett-Clark
Linda has been through a lot personally with family loss and illness however every week she works effortlessly to provide beginners and long archers the opportunity to do archery.
Linda started the club in 2001 as Solent Archers at HMS Collingwood. As more Navy personnel joined us she changed the name to Solent & RN Archers, and then again in 2010 our name became RN South Coast Archers. In 2014 the club moved to H.M.S Sultan.
When The club started it only had 4 Adults and 9 Juniors and presently has around 150+ Adult, Juniors and Disability archers and the club is thriving. The club now boast 3 of our archers having shot for the GB Team and hopefully more to come.
Linda has personally given up her own time to help coach these archers. More recently she has worked with club archers to help them trial for the invictus games and one archer reached the warrior games for disabled ex servicemen thanks to Linda’s coaching.
Linda runs beginners courses three times a year to encourage new people to try the sport. She is the only club in the area that takes children under the age of 19 as she believes the sport gives children the dedication and helps improve behaviour issues and concentration.
Linda always has time for everyone and works effortlessly to provide facilities and equipment and loads of personal support to all her members. I am disabled and Linda has given me opportunities I didn’t think were possible for someone in a wheelchair. Linda does all this and tries to raise charity for the club to continue and doesn’t take any money for it. Linda is the essence of kindness and sees everyone as equal no matter gender, age or physical disabilities.
She is truly a unsung hero. She is one in a million and extremely extraordinarily as she is always helping and never expects anything back. She has changed and supported people to take their life back and help people achieve greatness in a sport, which she promotes as having no boundaries.