Volunteer prize for young helper

NILABE110726c1, 17 year old Aiden Smith from Ilkeston, picked for 2012 olympic judging.
NILABE110726c1, 17 year old Aiden Smith from Ilkeston, picked for 2012 olympic judging.

A YOUNG Ilkeston volunteer featured in the Advertiser as he follows his dreams to become an athletics judge at next year’s Olympic games, has been honoured for his community work.

Aidan Smith, 17, was named joint winner of the England Athletics 2011 Young Volunteer of the Year award for the East Midlands for his role in trying to keep kids interested in sport after they leave school.

Aidan worked as a sports ambassador with the Erewash School Sports Partnership while a pupil at St John Houghton RC School.

And since he left he has also been working with a youth group within UK Athletics to help promote sport to youngsters.

He said: “It was great to win the award.

“There were quite a few people at the ceremony and I had a great time on the night.”

The teenager, who is studying a BTEC National diploma in sports and exercise science at Derby College, has been provisionally selected to be a judge at the 2012 Olympics in London and earlier this year he was invited to officiate at the World Masters in the USA.

As well as scooping the award Aidan has also been nominated for a Lloyds TSB competition to carry the Olympic torch when it passes through Derby.

And his role as an ambassador for local sports and his work as an athletics judge, locally, nationally and internationally have all been given as reasons for his nomination.

He said: “It’s really exciting to have been put forward to carry the torch.

“With me having a lot to do with sport and my athletics judging work it would be great to get to do it.”