'Unsung Hero' ... Colin Dyke wins national award

March 2nd 2013 - Congratulations are due to Chairman, Colin Dyke, on becoming the most recent winner of the ETTA's 'Unsung Hero' award.

A co-founder of the club, Colin has also held the positions of Kingfisher's Treasurer and Secretary.   Today weNow, as our hard-working but modest Chairman, he is a worthy winner of this accolade which marks further recognition of Kingfisher's status as one of the country's most progressive table tennis clubs.   col C  © C

Colin received his trophy and certificate today at the ETTA National Coaching, Club and Volunteers Award ceremony held during the National Championships in Sheffield.  Volunteers awards held at the ETTA Nationals last weekend to receive their trophy and certificate. All regional winners will be notified and receive their certificate of recognition for their continued outstanding achievements and continued growth in their club.CColin collectthe ETTA National Coaching, Club and Volunteers awards held at the ETTA Nationals last weekend to receive their trophy and certificate. All regional winners will be notified and receive their certificate of recognition for their continued outstanding achievements andC

??Colin collected his trophy and certificate at the ETTA National Coaching, Club and Volunteers Awards Ceremony held during the National Championships this weekend i

Colin collected his trophy and certificate at the ETTA National Coaching, Club and Volunteers Awards Ceremony held during the National Championships this weekend in Sheffield. 

Colin collected his trophy and certificate at the ETTA National Coaching, Club and Volunteers Awards Ceremony held during the National Championships this we


The following citation is extracted from the ETTA’s website:

Unsung Hero Award - Colin Dyke
Without doubt, Colin’s long dedication to table tennis in Reading and Berkshire needs to be showcased.

Back in 1985, two major table tennis clubs in Reading decided to join forces to form a new club that would cater for national and international-class table tennis players, as well as for people who wished to play at a more modest social level.

Colin was a member of the 'social' Woodley TTC when it amalgamated with the inspirational Omega TTC to form Kingfisher TTC.  He was one of a small group of volunteers who physically built the new clubhouse from ground level.

Colin was the new club’s first General Secretary. Because Kingfisher was a purpose-built, 24/7, four-table venue with a social area, changing rooms, showers, meeting room, etc, the time and effort required of its Secretary was considerable.  And Colin did not disappoint, neither did he falter in the onerous work required of him.  But this was just the start…

Colin’s dedication to table tennis, to Kingfisher, to the town of Reading and to the County of Berkshire has remained constant ever since.  He was Kingfisher’s Secretary from 1987 to 1998, Treasurer from 1998 to 2009 and Chairman from 2009 to the present time – a period of service spanning more than a quarter of a century!  He has given 25 years’ superb (some would say flawless) service without a break. This is one huge commitment to any table tennis club – let alone one that can boast, as at January 2013, no less than 174 members.

At the age of 76, Colin continues to play in the local leagues – Reading and Bracknell – performing well in the second highest division of the former and in the top flight of the latter.  He has managed the Kingfisher British League team which, this year, has competed in the Premier Division of the SBL.  Here he has shown all the required skills of enthusiast and motivator.

Colin is also the Berkshire TTA Treasurer and the Royal County’s National Councillor.  And, if this were not enough to keep him busy on table tennis matters, he has been heavily involved over the last three years with a project to create a Reading Table Tennis Centre.

As Kingfisher Chairman, Colin’s style of leadership, enthusiasm and infectious delegation really inspires other volunteer committee members.  And, if you throw his personal phenomenal attention to detail into the melting pot, it is very easy to see how poor the local table tennis world would be without him.

 

Author: via Kingfisher Table Tennis Club
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