Lord Coe's Special Thanks to Penzance Volunteer
A hardworking Penzance volunteer recently crowned a Community Games 'Shining Light' received a VIP invite to join Lord Coe on the one-year-anniversary of the Olympics.
Yvonne Turner received a very special thank you by Lord Coe at the official opening of the Copper Box, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday July 27th 2013.
The 50-year-old from Sennen was awarded Cornwall's shining light as part of the Community Games Relay.
The Community Games Relay is retracing the steps the Olympic Torch took in England last year. It started in Land's End on May 19 and is shining a spotlight on 70 areas last year's Olympic Torch visited in the country. Each day a volunteer who is a 'Shining Light' in their community is being acknowledged for the hard work they are doing.
All 70 shining lights came together in their jerseys to receive a thank you from Lord Coe at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on day 70 of the Relay (Saturday 27th July 2013).
On the day Lord Coe paid homage to Yvonne and thank her for the role she has played in personally helping others to get involved in sport and cultural activities through Community Games.
Yvonne said of the day:
"It was a great experience meeting all the other Shining Lights who took part in the anniversary relay over the past 70 days. I had Day 1 Land's End, Cornwall printed on the back of my jersey which I had been presented with and this was a real conversation starter.
Lord Coe gave a presentation speech about how important the roles of volunteers both at the Olympics and in the local community were. He was awarded with the Day 70 jersey before heading to the Olympic Stadium so that he could present Usain Bolt with his gold medal for winning the 100m at the Anniversary Games.
Everyone was presented with a special certificate by ex-boxer Barry McGuigan."
Bruce Lockie of Cornwall Sports Partnership said:
"I am absolutely delighted Yvonne was invited to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on day 70 to receive a special thank you by Lord Coe.
Yvonne has been working tirelessly to ensure people in the Penzance area are able to access a variety sport and cultural activities through the Community Games programme.
She organises a number of events in the Penzance area on behalf of Mounts Bay Harriers every year including Penzance Triathlon, Jubilee Pool Aquathlon Series, St Levan 10k, St Michael's Mount Remembrance Run, Race for Wildlife and Penzance Junior Aquathlon."
Lee Mason, Chief Executive, from the CSPN said:
"The Community Games programme brought thousands of communities together during the Olympic year, supported by a dedicated group of volunteers.
It is fantastic to see the work of these volunteers being celebrated and acknowledged.
It is only fitting that Lord Coe who himself, helped to light up the nation, thanks those who similarly light up their communities.
I am very encouraged that there has been an appetite across the country to come together to celebrate the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2013. We already have more than 1,000 Community Games registered to take place this summer in communities all over the country."
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the YMCA, said:
"I have been overwhelmed by the quality of Community Games events taking place throughout the country and the wonderful opportunities they are presenting to our young people, and old alike, to enjoy sport and cultural activities in their own community.
It was an honour for our Shining Lights to meet Lord Coe and to receive a thank you for the tireless work they are doing to help improve the lives of others."