Winchester Goalball founder leaves for New Zealand

The last Winchester Goalball Club training session of the season on Saturday 9 July, took place at Peter Symonds College. The Mayor of Winchester Cllr Derek Green, Winchester Rotary President Deborah Macartney and many other friends and goalball supporters, including past and present members of Winchester Rotary, came along to give Paralympian club captain Adam Knott a rousing farewell as he and his wife Rosie are leaving shortly for a sabbatical in New Zealand. Rotarian David Farthing highlighted in a short speech, Adam’s astonishing achievement in launching the goalball club in 2012 and developing it in only 10 years to become one of the largest in the country: 

Adam’s coaching and his boundless enthusiasm motivates all members, whilst making training fun and enjoyable, and under his leadership, the club has consistently won medals, and seen players develop up through the ranks to represent Great Britain. 

On a personal front, his achievements have been recognised for his hard work and services to Goalball, both locally and at a national level. He was the proud receiver of the Association of Colleges Student of the Year in 2012, and the Winchester Goalball club received the Hampshire County Council London 2012 Legacy Award in 2014. In 2018 he was recognised for his services to sport when he was awarded the prestigious Torch Trophy. We have been proud to support the club from its beginning and witness Adam and his brother David’s success as Paralympians. Adam leaves the club in fine fettle and we wish him and Rosie all the very best for the future!

Photos can be seen here: Goalball

David Farthing

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