Friday 22nd February at the historical Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth.
Present were MMSA President, RW Bro. Peter Baker ProProvGM and his wife Sarah, past MMSA President, RW Bro. Roger Croome QPM PProProvGM, his wife Pam and daughter Jackie.
Additionally MMSA Chairman, W Bro. Paul Sully with his wife Karen, wheelchair sport charity Wheelpower Community Fundraiser Leah Lewis and guest of honour British Paralympic Skier, Anna Turney.
The evening was introduced by Chairman Paul Sully. Peter Baker then shared his views on the MMSA, especially his long membership, enjoying the clay pigeon shooting section for as long as he can remember !
He thanked everyone involved in the MMSA for their part in organising events and encouraging non-masons to take part and to promote Freemasonry through sport.
Then followed the highlight of the evening: Leah Lewis interviewing Anna Turney.
Anna told the story of how she had broken her back snowboard racing in 2006, having been a favourite to be selected for the British Olympic team, sharing the difficult moment when she realized the extent of her injury and her true grit which led to skiing for Britain in the Vancourver Paralympics within three years.
In another touching moment Anna shared the role Jackie Croome (Roger and Pam Croome’s daughter) has had in her recuperation, at Stoke Mandeville hospital.
In fact, at Stoke Mandeville Anna was inspired by Wheelpower to take part in disabled sports, which helped with her recovery and led to her success.
The food and hospitality were excellent, and the splendor of the hall was exceptional. Carriages were taken at midnight.
The MMSA Annual Dinner is an event not to be missed !
Early booking is strongly advised again to this sell out event.
A longer interview with Anna Turney will be published in the Spring edition of The Mercury.
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