We’re posting this to coincide with the 16th birthday of our latest Jack Petchey Award winner, Will Hames.
Happy Birthday, Will, we think you’re amazing!
Fortunately, we were able to present the Award to Will on our last water polo training session in Uxbridge before the country went into ‘lockdown’.
The presentation was made, fittingly, by three of Will’s peers – Charlie Richardson, Dan Murphy and Anderson Jolly – who are all previous recipients of the Award.
Reason for Award: Will is arguably the most talented water polo player to have trained with us in the past five years. This Award recognises not only this, but also his outstanding coaching.
Since October, Will has been coaching our Beginners. He is an excellent coach: selfless, kind and patient and given his playing experience, also authoritative. The other members of the coaching team at Hillingdon – Shaun Hill, Adam Hill and Michelangelo Tritto – are glad to have Will onboard to enable them to deliver their development plan. Our new joiners are very lucky to be coached by him and with this award we are glad to have the opportunity to say thank you for his valuable contribution.
Given the present circumstances it seems wise to delay our decision about how the Jack Petchey grant money should be spent, but we look forward to discussing this with Will when training resumes.
Will, from everyone at Hillingdon Penguin and the wider Penguin Club, we wish you an fantastic birthday! You certainly deserve it.
We are grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their support.