Mildenhall’s Tony Bristow has been named BBC Radio Suffolk’s Unsung Hero at the 2012 Suffolk Sports Awards for his commitment to badminton, writes Kate McGreavy.
Bristow, who has worked within the sport for nearly 40 years, undertaking a number of different roles, all voluntarily, picked up the prize in front of more than 300 people at the event staged in Trinity Park, Ipswich.
“No-one has ever won this award for badminton and so I was hugely shocked,” said Bristow.
“I was delighted to have even been nominated for the honour, let alone receive the award.”
During his time in the sport, which began back in the 1970s, Bristow has been the chairman of the Suffolk Badminton Association, the treasurer of England Schools Badminton as well as the team manager for many England teams at international competitions.
Along with these high profile roles, Bristow has also helped develop players at a grass roots level with the Suffolk Schools Badminton Association.
“One thing I have thoroughly enjoyed during my various roles is seeing novices develop over the years to become good players,” said Bristow.
“Although I have now given up helping at a national level I want still want to concentrate on badminton in Suffolk and raise the game’s profile even further.”