14:43 Tuesday 11 February 2014

Recognition for sports stalwart after 40 years of service

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

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A STALWART of sports for disabled people has been honoured yet again for her long service to people in the area, after being put forward for a prestigious award.

Beryl Horton, who runs swimming and football sessions for people with disabilities, has been nominated for a Torch Trophy Trust award to mark her decades of tireless voluntary work in Burton and Swadlincote.

The accolade comes hot on the heels of the British Empire Medal, which was bestowed on Mrs Horton in the New Year Honours List, and less than two years after she was selected as an Olympic torch bearer for London 2012.

“I think it’s a follow up to the torch, and then the BEM. It’s all a bit overwhelming, but I’m quite excited,” said Mrs Horton, of Hall Lane, Willington.

She has been involved in disability sports for more than 40 years, getting involved when she started taking her daughter to the club as a child. Within 10 years she was running the operation.

The club provides sessions including swimming and football for people of all ages. Mrs Horton and her husband Murray are also involved in a host of other activities.

“It’s a way of life,” she said. “People with disabilities are always being told they can’t do things. We tell them they can if they try. They get so much pleasure put of being out.”

Mrs Horton was nominated for the award by Ray Ashley, from the English Federation of Disability Sport.

She will travel down to London next month to receive the award from Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.

The Torch Trophy Trust was founded in 1962 to recognise outstanding achievement for sports volunteers.

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