After suffering a serious sports injury that resulted in 21 months of rehabilitation and three operations, Amy Wall used her free time to coach young children at her sports club and school. She is now back competing in national sports and sharing her love of sport. The impact that volunteering has had on her life has inspired her to pursue a career in teaching.
Duncan Paylor, an Engineer at North, devotes much of his spare time to volunteering and supporting charities. He was nominated for being an inspiration and for always working to help others. This year he is fundraising to support Attitude is Everything and the North East Barbarians, the Wheelchair Rugby Team where he volunteers, maintaining and repairing wheelchairs that get damaged during game-play. Duncan also acts as volunteer swim leader for Iceguys North East, a men's mental health support group using the power of cold water therapy.
After experiencing the sport and cultural events that transformed Glasgow during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, being nominated as a Batonbearer for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is a dream come true for Jude McEwan. Passionate about his school, and community Jude competes in sports such as running, football and rugby, always aspires to be his best and uses sport to make a positive impact on both himself and others.
Jessica has volunteered for St John Ambulance for the past 8 years, with 6 years as a cadet and 2 as an adult volunteer. She is passionate about dance, participating in the Dance World Cup in 2020 and 2021 where her team won 5 silvers, 1 bronze and 1 first in the world. Her team has also qualified for the 2022 Dance World cup with 5 dances.
Jack is kind, considerate and determined to succeed. Being dyslexic, his academic journey has been challenging, but he never gives up. He recently completed his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, and was praised for volunteering. Jack is passionate about karting, winning many events and hopes to compete at Club 100. His kind nature and ability to be inclusive and help others is inspiring. He supports and encourages a neighbour, visiting and taking out a neighbour who's been recently confined to a wheelchair.
Ryan is a Service Engineer at North and lives and works across the West Midlands supporting our customers. Having seen the excitement first hand within the local Birmingham area, Ryan would love this once in a lifetime opportunity to represent North in the home area of the Games and to be part of this transformational event.