Amanda Wilkins has been honoured at a ‘Shine A Light’ Community Games relay event for her commitment to volunteering.
Sixty-seven-year-old Amanda, who lives in Newhaven, is a former Seaford Gazette reporter.
Held at Bewl Water on July 16, the Sussex event was Day 59 of a 70-day relay route across the country, retracing the route of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Torch relay.
Starting on May 19 in Land’s End, Day 70 will mark the end of the relay at the Olympic Park, on July 27, exactly one year on from London 2012.
Jointly hosted with neighbouring county Kent, the event saw teams from Active Sussex and Kent Sport set sail, and a commemorative Community Games jersey passed from Amanda to the Shining Light for Kent, Daniel Bromley, across the East Sussex/Kent border on Bewl Water.
Active Sussex chose Amanda as the Sussex Shining Light due to her active role in organising Community Games event to ensure a lasting Olympic and Paralympic legacy – inspiring her hometown of Newhaven to unite through sporting activity.
She has also launched a ‘Making Sport Happen’ initiative, which has received full backing from Newhaven Town Council.
Amanda said, “I was gob-smacked when I found out I’d won.
“ I’ve always been enthusiastic and I don’t let my age get in the way – the Olympics has changed my life by opening new doors for me.”
Paul Rayner, a trustee at Active Sussex – who also acted as skipper on the day – added, “We’re proud to be part of keeping the success of London 2012 alive in Sussex.”
The Community Games relay highlights an outstanding bearer in each of the 70 locations to reflect the achievements of the 36,000 volunteers across the country who have helped bring the Olympic Legacy to life.