RDA Volunteer named BBC Sport Unsung Hero for the South

Riding for the Disabled Association volunteer, Trish Willats has been named BBC Sport Unsung Hero for the South region for her 30 years dedication to the charity and the RDA group she runs near Basingstoke. Trish has run Wellington and Dummer RDA for the past 24 years, and was involved in the charity for several years before that.

In a celebratory film made by the BBC at her RDA group, riders, fellow volunteers and parents praise Trish’s skill with horses and ponies, her dedication to her riders and their families and the wonderful atmosphere she creates at the group.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I keep thinking – who is this person they are talking about – it can’t be me,” said Trish. “You don’t set out to make a difference. I just feel so happy that I have had the chance to work with so many amazing people and join them on some of their journey through life.”

The BBC Get Inspired Sports Unsung Hero Award recognises and rewards outstanding contribution by individuals at the grassroots level of local sport, who give up their time on a voluntary basis so that sport can be played and enjoyed by people throughout the UK. Over 150 Unsung Heroes have been honoured over the last decade.

Trish is one of 15 regional finalists who will go on to appear on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year programme on 20 December, hosted by Clare Balding and Gary Lineker, where the overall winner will be announced.

Find out more about Trish and the work of Wellington & Dummer RDA here: www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/35039121

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