At the recent NZ Wheelchair Rugby Nationals, we recognised and celebrated Cheries dedication and commitment of over 23 years volunteering to the sport of wheelchair rugby. Congratulations to Cherie on receiving the inaugural Jaimey Leigh Fellows Award.
The Jaimey Leigh Fellows Award has been created to honour the legacy as one of our sport’s great volunteers. Jaimey Leigh Fellows embraced all the very best qualities required to be an outstanding volunteer and make a lasting impact on not only the sport of Wheelchair Rugby, but all those involved. Jaimey Leigh's brother and father, Sam & Jon, attended the NZWR Nationals to present the award. sharing generously the love and commitment that Jaimey Leigh (known as 'Aunty' to players) gave to wheelchair rugby.
"Cheries experience, knowledge and understanding of the game, athletes, events and logistics mean that if she was no longer involved it would take several people to be able to fill these roles" says Ken Sowden of Parafed Canterbury and the International Wheelchair Rugby Foundation. Cherie ensures that whatever needs doing, gets done from pumping up tyres at training to managing the Wheel Blacks at Paralympics and Worlds.
Cheries volunteer support to wheelchair rugby has been given from grassroots to high performance level, supporting individuals players, the Canterbury region, managing the National Wheel Blacks team, as a NZWR Board member and representing NZWR internationally.
Thank you to Cherie for the historical and ongoing commitment to the wheelchair rugby community, supporting the players to be able to play the sport they love.