Terry's service goes rewarded
PUBLISHED: 15:42 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 26 October 2009
A LIFETIME dedicated to sport was honoured at the annual Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards. Terry Densham was the 2007 winner of the Service to Sport trophy for his contribution across a whole spectrum of events. A WGC resident for over 50 years, Te
A LIFETIME dedicated to sport was honoured at the annual Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards.
Terry Densham was the 2007 winner of the Service to Sport trophy for his contribution across a whole spectrum of events.
A WGC resident for over 50 years, Terry has enjoyed playing, coaching, promoting and encouraging others to discover and enjoy various sports, including tennis, squash, table tennis, golf and football.
Also nominated for the coveted prize were Welwyn Garden Swimming Club stalwart Derek Milton and Panshanger Football Club chairman Paul Wren.
The overall winner of the category was announced by Councillor John Dean, the leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council and one of the awards judges.
He said: "As with many of the awards, the Service to Sport award has been very difficult to judge, as all those nominated have been involved in phenomenal work.
"Their commitment and devotion to the sports they serve is second to none and they have all worked tirelessly to enable other people to participate and be the best that they can be."
The eventual award winner was Herts county champion at tennis, squash and table tennis, a sport at which he also played for England.
Densham joined WGC Golf Club in 1961 and won a number of tournaments there.
In the 1970s he introduced table tennis to the Gosling complex and came out of retirement to both play and coach juniors.
He originated, designed and managed the Herts Country Club in WGC in 1978 and established the venue as one of the leading squash clubs in the country over the following decade. During this period, Terry was also a member of the Welwyn Hatfield Sports Council and organised Herts junior squash for over 10 years.
More recently in 1994 he introduced Lifestyle Soccerfun to the Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield. Through this he brought Saturday morning football sessions to thousands of children.
Now retired, Terry's sporting legacy will live on through those he has encouraged over the years.