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Devon volunteers honoured at Twickenham

16 Feb 2019 11:07 | Sara Raine

THREE members of the Devon rugby community were honoured at Twickenham last week as part of England’s Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.

The programme recognises and rewards volunteers who make up an integral part of the grassroots game.

Katie Lunnon, Tony Walsey and Dean Davies were all selected to attend a volunteer recognition lunch in the Spirit of Rugby Hospitality Suite with RFU President Chris Kelly.

They were also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Twickenham Stadium.

Katie, from Topsham RFC, has done a lot for women’s rugby in the county and is the Devon RFU lead. She is also team manager of the Devon women’s representative team and heads the player development programme, which she joined in 2015/16.

Tony, from Barnstaple RFC, was personally nominated by Twickenham head groundsman Keith Kent, who has recognised the hard work Tony and the other groundstaff put in to benefit all who play the game.

Dean, from the Devon Rugby Referees Society, was recognised for his 23 years as an active member and his 10-year tenure as the society reappointments secretary. He was also recognised for his immediate action during the Cullompton v Plymouth Albion Ladies game on November 25 2018 when Jessica Humber suffered a broken neck. He was credited with acting swiftly and preventing further and a possibly catastrophic injury to the Plymouth Albion player.