Jess is Manager of the Atrium Gym in Ely where she has been a valued member of the team for 10 years. Jess’s enthusiasm, infectious smile and bubbly personality has made her very popular with staff and members alike. During the pandemic, the gym was closed, knowing how much members rely on the community spirit and family like atmosphere at the gym, Jess set up an online gym class for the elderly and isolated member of the club. She assisted them with logging into the class via Facebook and has volunteered to shop in her own time and daily keep in touch with these ones, providing much-needed support and promoting a healthy life-style. One nominee describes Jess as “holding the Atrium Club community together”.
Chris’ passion is the sport of Korfball, which he played to a high level with a Cambridge Club. Chris is now a volunteer coach of Ely Vikings Korfball Juniors Club and the Ely Viking Senior Team. Chris is Captain of 1 team and supports many others. He spends his weeks planning and coaching the children to achieve their full potential, believing in them every step of the way. Chris’ support has helped many junior members get into the England Development Squad which is a huge achievement. He is committed to inspiring those he coaches, his nominee says of him “Chris is dedicated, is a fantastic role model and a hero to all those he coaches each week”
Ashley is an expert in her chosen sport of Kuk Sool Wan, a Martial Art. Ashley’s journey has seen her competing and fighting for Team GB to becoming a leader in her field of sport having achieved a Black Belt. Ashley now teaches the sport in Soham. Student focused, Ashley has continued to teach and provide support to her students over the last few months via Zoom and provide professional training videos. Her own inspiring journey has helped her students gain confidence despite their own personal difficulties through routine, discipline and thoughtful care. An innovative, dedicated and hardworking teacher, Ashley had multiple nominations who described her as a “ray of sunshine” and “leading by example, Ashley truly cares about her students and her sport”