Haverhill Hornets player and coach surprised at Suffolk Sports Awards recognition

Dominika Szary receives the Cresign Young Community Volunteer Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards from Tracey Loynds, Vice Chair of Suffolk Sport. Picture: Keith Mindham ANL-151124-121106002
Dominika Szary receives the Cresign Young Community Volunteer Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards from Tracey Loynds, Vice Chair of Suffolk Sport. Picture: Keith Mindham ANL-151124-121106002

Haverhill Hornets volleyball player Dom Szary has won the Cresign Young Community Volunteer of the Year award at the Suffolk Sports Awards.

The 16-year-old former Castle Manor Academy student from Haverhill won the award in recognition not just of her work with the Hornets but her contribution to numerous other local sports, including football, swimming, athletics and basketball, totalling over 339 volunteer hours in the past year.

The West Suffolk College student, who only moved to Haverhill from Poland five years ago, said: “I’m surprised. I’m happy that I have won it. I wasn’t expecting to get it.”

Dom was nominated for the award by Suffolk Volleyball chairman, Andrew Whitefield, who said on his citation: “Dominika has shown incredible maturity setting up and maintaining Haverhill Hornets club website and social media platforms, organising teams and running competitions alongside coaching the clubs sessions for both adult and junior players.

“Dominika was selected for Volleyball England’s National Talent Camp and the National Coaches Development Programme enhancing her coaching skills during numerous weekend courses.

“She has also lined judged and scored at Newmarket VC’s adult men’s National League matches working well under pressure and performing confidently and for the past two years has (twice) been named Suffolk Volleyball’s Player of the Year.”

Of her futureplans in volleyball, Dom said: “I want to play and I want to coach. In the future I’m hoping to coach at a national level or a national league team. That’s what I would love to do in the future.

“I’ve got my level one volleyball coaching and when I turn 18 I want to do my level two.”