Gloucester Rugby’s Nicole Talbot believes helping to make life-changing contributions through wheelchair rugby was more than enough recognition for her work after being named Premiership Rugby’s Volunteer of the Year.
The award seeks to recognise those that have given the most back to their communities, with hundreds of people up and down the country giving their time to support Premiership Rugby initiatives.
It was University of Gloucestershire student Nicole who was given the gong at the House of Commons for the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards.
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After helping start a rugby team at her University in partnership with GB wheelchair rugby, she spent more than six hours a week repairing chairs and punctures, driving the team to matches, while also trebling the number of participants.
“I’ve learnt about the impact the sport has had on these people; right from the very beginning I’ve seen its benefit on each and every one of them.
“To have such a thing as wheelchair rugby has changed every one of their lives.”
“The side has been promoted into Division Two, but we have eyes on pushing to the top division,” she said.
Nicole was among four winners at the Premiership Rugby Community Awards, with Young Achiever of the Year, PLAY and BreakThru accolades also given.
Gloucester hooker Tom Lindsay has seen the work and effort Nicole has put into the project first-hand, and the difference it’s made to wheelchair rugby in the area.
“Nicole volunteered while she was at Uni, taking time out of her three years to put the work in,” he said.
“She’s outreached to about 400 people outside of the sport which shows what a determined and motivated person she is.
“Wheelchair rugby is a huge part of the game which needs more awareness.
“It’s amazing that we’re in the House of Commons for the Parliamentary Community Awards and hopefully programmes like this will continue to grow and volunteers like Nicole will get the recognition they deserve.”
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