Two hospital workers have been recognised for voluntary work with their respective triathlon clubs during the first wave of the pandemic.
Respiratory physiotherapist Gemma Korff and emergency planning officer Adam Elderlfield both won regional key worker awards from Triathlon England for supporting their clubs.
Gemma, who has been competing in triathlons since the mid-noughties, kept in shape by making the 40 mile round trip to Northwick Park from her home in Windsor by bicycle.
“It was a godsend after wearing PPE all day,” said the mother of two who helped rehabilitate Covid-19 patients in intensive care.
“It was a tough few months but it’s still a fantastic feeling to help people back on their feet.
Gemma, who was described by fellow teammates as ‘an inspirational captain’ at Berkshire Tri Club, helps organise races, sits on club committees and liaises with other clubs about events.
Adam won the London Regional Award after being nominated by fellow club members for his work with the club over the years including mentoring members and arranging various training sessions.
Adam has been involved in triathlon for the past 16 years and competes with Hillingdon Tri Club who Gemma also used to be a member of.
“I’ve lost count of how many triathlons I’ve done but still enjoy the process training and competing. I caught Covid-19 myself earlier in the year and have only just got back into full training again.
“It was surprise to be nominated as we have a few keyworkers at the club and I’d just like to thank everyone who nominated me. It was unexpected.”