Hitchin sportsman awarded trophy in memory of stalwart

Tom Wilson (left) receives the trophy from Paul Bishop, director of tennis at Hitchin Boys' School T

Tom Wilson (left) receives the trophy from Paul Bishop, director of tennis at Hitchin Boys' School Tennis Club - Credit: Archant

A YOUNG sportsman has been awarded a trophy launched in memory of a community stalwart.

Tom Wilson won the Gill Bishop Memorial Trophy for his tennis achievements and community spirit.

The 19-year-old, who plays for St Paul’s Walden Tennis Club, is also a parish councillor, works in the village shop, and coaches the sport.

The trophy was set up in memory of Gill Bishop, who was a member of the Whitwell pavilion project team until she died in January 2008. She also taught PE, both paid and voluntary, and ran junior badminton and tennis clubs.

The Whitwell pavilion management committee launched the trophy, raising money from community events to produce it.

It is awarded every three years to a young person who shows excellence and spirit in sport and community life.