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Sporting volunteer wins Frome’s Person of the Year

Editor, Ian Drew, with Person of the Year 2017 winner, John Fuller.

FROME’S Person of the Year 2017 award has been won by Frome Collegians co-founder, John Fuller.

Hundreds of votes were received in the competition, which was organised by Frome Times to find the person who has made a real contribution to the community in 2017.

John has been a key member of the Frome sporting community for more than 60 years, volunteering for the local judo, boxing, gym, swimming, basketball and cricket clubs although he is best known at Frome Collegians, where he is still club physio, a committee member and a part of the grounds team, even at the age of 87.

“I am absolutely proud to win Frome’s Person of the Year, not just for myself but for the Frome Collegians,” he said. “All of my work is done completely voluntarily but I’m not the only one; there are so many people involved in the club and in other sports in the town. This award is for all of them. It was a real surprise just  to be nominated, let alone to win. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me for their kindness and thoughts for the work I have done for Frome over the years.”

Comments from voters included, “His dedication to Frome Collegians football team is truly inspiring.”

“He has given a lot over the years and it’s incredible that he still turns up to every game on a Saturday afternoon at the grand age of 87! Everyone at the club adores him.”

“John has worked tirelessly for the town over many, many years, and still does.  He deserves this recognition for his commitment, energy and enthusiasm.”

“He is an amazing man who has been fundamental in keeping kids off the streets and engaged in sport.”

Ian Drew, editor of Frome Times, presented the winner’s shield to John last week. Ian said, “Congratulations to John on winning our Person of the Year award for 2017. It’s clear that John has taken a lot of time and effort to ensure there are plenty of sporting opportunities for the young people of Frome. He has dedicated a huge chunk of his life to give back to the community and I feel he is a very worthy winner of this award.

“All this year’s nominees were worthy of the award and deserve praise for their efforts and contributions to the town. They can all feel proud to have been involved and to know they have made such a big impact on local people’s lives.”

Other nominees were Patrick Abrahams, Euan Barker, Terry Burton, Des Harris, Katy Harris, Kirstie Jones, Shaun Takle and Charles Wood

One Response to Sporting volunteer wins Frome’s Person of the Year

  1. paul wilson

    February 2, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Is this the John Fuller that taught me judo in the mid 1960s at Frome Grammar school?

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