It was a good start to 2017 for one Quaker who was the proud recipient of an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Peter in one of his many races in the Quaker colours

Peter Rowley, who has been a member of the club for over ten years, received the honour for services to sports administration, though you may not know just how involved he has been with sport over the years and continues to be!

He was a board member of Sport England for seven years until late last year and before that, the Chairman of Sport England North East, the Regional Champion for Community Sport (all three posts of which were Ministerial appointments) as well as an independent member of UK Sport’s Audit Committee.

Presently, Peter is still very active within the sporting world, and is involved in a wide variety of projects, both locally and nationally, which include:

  • Chairman of British Weightlifting since 2013, as a result of which he was fortunate to attend the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year.
  • Chairman of the Sports Council Trust Company, a national charity which manages the English National Centres of Sport and other sporting venues on behalf of the state.
  • Vice Chairman of Streetgames UK, a national charity which provides sporting opportunities to disadvantaged people.
  • Non-executive director of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (formerly the Football Licensing Authority) which is also a Ministerial appointment.
  • Director of Coachwise, part of Sportscoach UK and a national partner of Sport England which provides national coaching standards and qualifications.
  • A Trustee at two regional charities; Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and the Tees Valley Community Foundation
  • A Visiting Lecturer in sport business and sport management at Leeds Beckett and Northumbria Universities.

Peter had this to say about the news; “I am astonished, but very proud to be thought worthy to be recommended to Her Majesty the Queen to receive the OBE. “I believe passionately in the power of sport to change people’s lives and the communities they live in. It has been a privilege to be a volunteer in community, regional, national and international sport, where I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with many inspirational people, all of whom are committed to helping people fulfil their potential. This award is about them, not me and to recognised for volunteering in sport after such a wonderful year for British sport is all the more special.”

He will be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive his OBE at one of several investitures taking place during the first half of this year.

Congratulations Peter, on behalf of everyone at Quakers Running Club.