Rusty Williams receives the 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Thames region

At the conference held on 26th September 2009, British Rowing was delighted to announce the Regional Volunteer of the Year Awards in recognition of the outstanding commitment and dedication demonstrated by each individual.  Rusty Williams was awarded Volunteer of the Year for the Thames region.

A former member and coach at University of London Boat Club, Rusty Williams has now officially retired but is still to be found at the boathouse early in the morning or out on the river coaching.  As well as filling in gaps in the coaching Rusty is also heavily involved in the running of the club.  He is a member of the Committee and the Trust and is a tireless fundraiser.  In a recent re-organisation of ULBC Rusty played an invaluable part in setting up the trust, finding trustees, and in acquiring a leasehold for the boathouse so that refurbishments can be made.  Rusty has stuck with ULBC through thick and thin and has always been there to support and coach the athletes.  He does what a lot of people are paid for, if not more, and he deserves recognition for all the times he gives to ensuring a successful and thriving future for the club.

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