Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2008

Peter Smith

Globe Rowing Club’s Junior Coordinator, Peter Smith, has been nominated for the Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2008.

The Torch Trophy Trust was founded in 1962 by the organiser of the 1948 Olympic torch relay to the London games, Cdr Bill Collins RN.  The Trust’s aim is to encourage voluntary work in sport and other related outdoor activities within local communities and to recognise the dedication of the ‘unsung heroes’ whose contribution enables others to take part and develop their talents in their chosen sport.

The Awards were presented at a ceremony held at The Army and Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, London, on the evening of Wednesday 19th November 2008. His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex was present to award the Trophies this year.  

Since retiring five years ago, Peter has dedicated more and more time to Globe Rowing Club, not only within the growing junior section, but also as Secreatry of the Trafalgar Rowing Centre. He has played vital roles in meeting builders, architects, council members and Sport England to ensure that the Centre would be a success. It is firmly believed that without Peter the Centre would not have been realised.

Peter is also very active in club’s junior section, encouraging an eager spirit in the youngsters for early morning rows in sometimes demanding tides. This is repaid with total respect from them. Peter has made a significant contribution to rowing in Greenwich over the past 50 years and is as active as ever, still on a completely voluntary basis.

The ARA would like to congratulate Peter Smith on this prestigious recognition.