Athletics / Running
Andy was a prolific volunteer, with over 200 volunteer credits, at Greenock parkrun & Battery park junior parkrun right up until his passing in January 2022. When events re-opened after COVID restrictions lifted, his favoured role of course Marshal, and his favourite spots on each course, became Andy’s de facto volunteer positions. The only times Andy didn’t make an appearance was when he was visiting his family, and even sometime they had to wait until parkrun was finished. Thats the commitment he showed, and how much volunteering meant to him.
Andy had, and continues to have, posthumously an incredible positive effect on so many of those who had been fortunate enough to be in his company. If you attended either parkrun or junior parkrun events, it is likely you will have met Andy and have benefitted from his unwavering enthusiasm and endless charisma. Whether it was his contagious smile, or his timely running mantras, your life is simply a wee bit better for seeing him!
Unfortunately, we are speaking from experience that parkrun events aren’t quite the same now since Andys passing in January 2022. His mantras still echo along the Esplanade, “relax those shoulders, head up, looking good” and you still expect to see him at his favourite marshal spots at the Boat club on the Esplanade, or Gourock entrance to Battery park.
Some additional evidence of how Andy positively affected his community with his volunteering can be seen by the attendance at parkrun the week after his passing. Nearly twice the normal amount of people turned up in a sea of yellow to pay their respects.
Callum Gerrard has been involved with table tennis in Greenock from the age of fourteen His first club was Gibshill Table Tennis Club. At that time, the club was run by Dougie Fisher and Bill Peterson. Even as a young player at the club , Callum was impressed by the importance of doing drills and practice routines to improve standards. I
When Gibshill Table Tennis Club closed, a group of the players founded Greenock Table Tennis Club, which now operates from the Gamble Halls in Gourock. Callum has been a qualified coach and player with the club since them. The club had the distinction of winning the Scottish National Table Tennis League in 1990.
Callum has represented Scotland on several occasions over the years, including twice representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
He has been involved in coaching both locally and throughout Scotland. His enthusiasm for the sport has not waned over the years and he still enjoys competing and coaching.
on has been a senior competing member of the club for over 10 years. During this time he has always supported club events.
Since the relaxation of Lockdown 1, Jon has also volunteered to assist with the coaching of a junior group one session each week, and put himself through a coaching assistant course to ensure that he was qualified to take on this role.
Jon has taken on a lead role in a club sub-group established to initially organise the Renfrewshire Road Race Championships which the club hosts on an annual basis.
Since September 2020, Jon has volunteered to help with coaching a junior group and has become a valued member of the team.
Jon has become an integral member of the club’s willing helpers. There doesn’t seem to have been a time when Jon hasn’t been there to help. He has a wide range of skills that he uses for the benefit of the club and its members. Jon exemplifies the club’s ethos and charitable status.