The Isle of Wight’s speedway team have clinched their second national award in the space of a week.
‘Wightlink’ Warriors have been named the World Speedway Riders Association’s (WSRA’s) Community Club of the year, for the second year running.
The team fought off competition from a number of higher league clubs at a ceremony in Leicester on Saturday (23).
It comes after the squad won a national improvement award last week, as previously reported.
This time round, Master of Ceremonies Craig Saul praised the Island club for its dedication to the encouragement and involvement of young people.
Its highly popular training school, the “marvellous” support for disabled patrons and the genuinely warm and friendly welcome afforded to all visitors was also noted.
Barry Bishop, Martin Widman and Kevin Shepherd from the Warriors management team stepped up to receive the quirky ‘Steel Shoe’ trophy.
Speaking after the event Barry said:
“For the second weekend running I am stunned, amazed and delighted that the Warriors have been recognised by some of the most important and influential people in our sport.
“Last week’s ‘Most Improved Club’ award came right out of the blue and it’s the same with this year’s Community Club award. I have to admit that I didn’t even know we were on the short list and so the pick up the accolade for a second successive year makes me so proud.
“It has always been our goal to appeal to all sections of the Island community and we are building this aspect every year. Of course, Martin and I can’t do it on our own and so I accept the award on behalf of all those sponsors, volunteers and supporters who back us week in, week out. I thank them sincerely.”
Coming up, it is an important week for the Warriors and National League speedway.
All the clubs will meet tomorrow (26) when the structure of the league for 2020 will be top of the agenda.