By Barry Newcombe
Eighteen sports volunteers, headed by 83-year-old Peter Adams of Guildford who has served football in Surrey for more than 50 years, have been nominated for the 46th annual Torch Trophy Awards which will be presented by the Earl of Wessex in London on November 19.
Adams was a player, club and league administrator, referee and county official and has been president of Surrey FA since 1999.
The Torch Trophy awards are presented annually to nominees from sports governing bodies to recognise grass roots voluntary work for sport in clubs and community initiatives.
The other 2008 award winners are:
Peter Smith, London, nominated by the Amateur Rowing Association.
Henry Folkard, Derbyshire, British Mountaineering Council.
Sheila Clark, Manchester, England Netball.
Doreen Wilcocks, Wiltshire, England Netball.
Donald Edwards, Kent, Fields in Trust
Sheila Edmunds, Lancashire, Football Association
Gerald Farrell, Rhondda, Archery GB
Jason Kennedy, Belfast, GB Wheelchair Basketball Association
Sylvia Taylor, Wiltshire, GB Boccia Federation
Terence Pateman, Co Antrim, Irish Football Association
Andrew Winks, Arbroath, Judo Scotland
Howard Jones, Lancashire, Modern Pentathlon Association
Hilary Steel, Cheshire, Rugby Football League
Steve Benson, Hampshire, Rugby Football Union
Janice Eaglesham, Glasgow, Scottish Athletics
Andrew Francey, Co Antrim, Irish Hockey Association
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