Rebecca Jones-Morris – Volunteer of the Year finalist

Athlete, Coach, Team Manager, Secretary and now Chairperson … Rebecca Morris Jones is a bit of an all-rounder when it comes to her volunteering at Menai Track and Field.

“It’s a friendly place to be, so I see it as a social life and hobby, as much as a volunteering role” explains Rebecca.

She’s been involved with the athletics club for the past 10 years when both she and her son joined.

Later, when her daughter wanted to come along as well, there was a waiting list due to a shortage of coaches. Rebecca stepped up to help.

“I’ve been coaching the youngsters twice a week since then” says Rebecca, who actively encourages more people to help out at their local sports club. “There’s a close friendship of everyone involved and a feeling that people value what I do” she adds.

Rebecca dedicates approximately 500 hours per year to the club, and has even turned down more hours at her paid employment.

She has established close links with Bangor University and increased the number of junior members at the Gwynedd club.

“They’ve competed well and we won the Welsh Plate this year and have been promoted within the Junior Youth Development League (YDL)” she explains.

In fact, with Rebecca spurring them on, there have been over 100 medals won by the juniors regionally and nationally in 2017 alone – and lots of champs crowned. GB athletes such as siblings Cari and Iolo Hughes and Osian Dwyfor Jones started their athletic journeys at Rebecca’s group.

“My motivation is giving an opportunity to people of all ages and abilities to be outdoors and to develop” says Rebecca. “It is great to see kids being active rather than at home in front of the TV.”

She says she is often able to do what she does thanks to her partner “who is busy making the tea at home and running the kids around!” and says she is part of a dedicated team at the club who all work together to make it happen.

And with the dark nights and Wintery weather upon us, Rebecca is not deterred.

“I enjoy coming down here – even in the wind and rain.”