Hunts Skip of Gold Winner 2019
For the past two months, Mick George Ltd has been running its ‘Skip of Gold’ competition in partnership with the Hunts Post, providing local sports clubs and community groups the chance to win £1,000.
Over 100 applications were proposed before a shortlist of the 30 most deserving cases were put forward to the voting stage. In excess of 1,500 votes were submitted ahead of the eventual winners being selected based on the most votes received.
Congratulations to Cambridgeshire Royals Dragonboat Club for scooping the 2019 Skip of Gold accolade. The group managed to edge out St. Neots Rugby Union Football Club who finished worthy runner-up, while third position was secured by Bluntisham Baptist Church.
Although Dragonboat racing is one of the most exciting and inclusive water sports, not to mention one of the fastest growing team water sports in the world, its status as an amateur sport, means there is currently no funding available, so winning the £1,000 fund will prove invaluable.
The funds will be utilised to support four U18/24 Dragonboat paddlers from the Cambridgeshire team who have been selected to represent Great Britain.
Lewis Newark, George Armiger (both 17), Thomas Evans and Ellie Mobbs (16) are now training hard at venues across the U.K. as well as in the local waterways, hoping to bring back gold medals as a result.
The popularity of the annual competition seems to be increasing. Previously, Chatteris in Bloom, St. Neots Swans Swimming Club, Huntingdon Rugby Club, Methodist Church and Carers Trust Cambridgeshire have each been successful in winning the available prize money, for which the benefits have been clearly visible for all connected.
Deb Armiger, Nominee of Cambridgeshire Royals Dragonboat Club said: ‘’This funding will go towards getting the paddlers out to Thailand in August where they have been joint the Great Britain squad in the 14th International Dragonboat Championships in Pattaya. Following gruelling time trials at Liverpool's Albert Doc in February, where the competitors battled against other paddlers from around the U.K. to earn their places in the team. Thank you to everyone who voted for them and also a huge thanks to Mick George for shortlisting them and offering such a generous prize.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd: ‘’It was fantastic to see the community embrace the Skip of Gold competition, the support that the various groups received was overwhelming. This is the fourth time that we have run the competition in partnership with the Hunts Post and it’s clear to see by the vast number of entries, just how important this support can be for the development of each nomination.’’
Stump Continued: ‘’The Mick George Skip of Gold competition provides a little more insight to what the community really cares about and are involved in within their daily lives. The £1,000 prize fund will undoubtedly make a real difference and should help build a brighter future. We are proud of our community initiatives and look forward to any forthcoming engagement.’’