Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors Speedway
The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors speedway team has been voted one of the speedways top four community clubs of the year. The announcement was made at tonight’s annual Gala Dinner staged in Leicester hosted by the World Speedway Riders Association (WRSA) and is the climax of two and a half years of perspiration and determination by co-promoters Barry Bishop and Martin Widman.
Warriors rank alongside established Premiership and Championship clubs Rye House, Somerset and Glasgow and have impressed speedway bosses with the ‘Warrior Way’ – an ethos that aims to merge the thrill of speedway racing with an inclusivity of activities for all ages and abilities. The progress achieved since re-launching the Warriors in 2016 has been magnificent and the nomination is fully deserved recognising the hours of dedication and work invested in the project.
Barry and Martin received universal praise from the awards committee who highlighted the very special Christmas luncheon event for lonely Island folk as a shining example of community involvement in the action.
A clearly proud and emotional Bishop broke off from the after party congratulations to say ‘Being nominated for the award was somewhat surprising but hugely satisfying and just proves that our beliefs and delivery have been accepted by our peers. We will use this success as a driver to further embed the Warrior Way on the Island and beyond.
“From the start of our tenure, Martin and I have worked very hard to encourage and integrate the Island community into what we do and we have had great feedback offering all age groups affordable and fun-filled events at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium. Not only do we present exciting racing and an evening for all the family, we take every opportunity to promote the Isle of Wight as a welcoming and vibrant destination and I am sure this has played a part in our presence here tonight.”
In addition, our fabulous all year round speedway training school ‘My First Skid’ has been unbelievably popular as budding riders of all ages and standards come to the Island from far and wide to ‘live the dream’.
Our 2018 planning and implementation programme are already paying dividends with new and repeat sponsorship deals being completed almost daily and behind the scenes, we are looking at team building permutations to ensure on-track success matches our off-track achievements. Next April can’t come soon enough.
Contact Speedway warriors via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and their team will be happy to answer all your questions and enquiries. Have fun!