Torbay Sports Award For Josh

Congratulations to Josh Hardwidge who won a Torbay Sports Award for Health Champion of the Year.

The Torbay Sports Awards is an annual gala event which recognises our sporting, coaching and volunteering talent here in Torbay.

Josh Hardwidge one of our fantastic volunteers in South Devon was nominated by parents for an award. Josh who is a Student at Marjons University started volunteering as a Surf Mentor in 2017.

We first meet Josh at the fresher’s fayre at Marjons University and it was very soon apparent how much he loves to get outside and help others. Josh, along with Verity came down to the first session of our Autumn course and was fantastic.

His Mentoring role with Oscar which lead to him being nominated for this award was fantastic. He supported Oscar who has used Josh as an example and now is helping others in the water himself even though he is not quite old enough to volunteer yet.

Josh said “I got involved with the wave project through a sign up with uni and wanted to get involved whilst getting out in the sea myself.”

“I’m currently studying outdoor adventure education and work at the climbing hanger and supertramp.”

“The ceremony was a great evening with good food and great to see and hear so many other people getting involved with various sports and helping others”

We had many students from Marjons come down and give volunteering a try. Josh is one of three fantastic students from Marjons University who enjoyed the volunteer experience so much that they have got fully stuck in. Verity started volunteering with Josh at the same time and has supported 2 young people through complete courses and helped out at lots of surf clubs including our Santa surf. Laura has been volunteering both in and out of the water as a surf mentor but also at our events including the great British Sports Show.

Our student volunteers add energy to our existing volunteer team which has grown year on year since The Wave Project started in South Devon. Some weeks due the nature of volunteering we are short especially over the summer when I university students head home for the summer. If you fancy volunteering, click on the link and sign up.

Volunteering roles include administration, photography, events, volunteer drivers, fundraising and surf mentors. However, if you feel you have something you can add we are open to suggestions.

We have some great events coming up and The Wave Project is a national charity so it might well be something you can do at your local beach to add to your summer experience.