Thanet Wanderers’ Maggie Watts is honoured by the Kent RFU

Maggie Watts with the two other shortlisted volunteers and Jack Green the Olympian

The Kent RFU Volunteer Awards invitational dinner was held recently at Shepherd Neame Old Brewery Store, Faversham,  to celebrate the achievements of the the game’s outstanding volunteers in the county.

Maggie Watts was nominated by Thanet Wanderers in the girls’ volunteer of the year category and saw off  tough opposition to win the top award. Maggie  has been a supporter of the Wanderers since 1969 and began playing and coaching in 1990 on her return from working in Bahrain.

After attaining her first coaching award in 1991 she has gone on to inspire many girls to excel in the sport and is also at present the club’s overall coaching co-ordinator

The special guest speaker, who also presented the awards, was Jack Green – the 400m hurdles specialist who competed for Great Britain at both the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2016 games in Rio.

Jack gave insights on how he overcame his struggle with depression and mentioned how important the influence of his club coaches, who he is still in contact with, had been in his early career.