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  • Rob Dyer

Shock Success For The Warriors At National Speedway Awards

The prestigious annual speedway awards hosted by the World Speedway Riders Association (WSRA) took place on Saturday evening in Leicester and to the surprise of many in the room, the Wightlink Warriors were named the WSRA Community Club of 2021 – the third successive year that the Warriors have been chosen for the accolade known as the Silver Shoe Award.

Having stepped away from the mainstream bodies controlling the sport last March there was scepticism in the wider speedway community that the Island club would become isolated, struggle or even ignored, however the 2021 season proved the doubters to be very wrong with a new mix of innovative track sport that provided racing opportunities for all abilities, drew record crowds to the homely Smallbrook Stadium and attracted consistently high praise from participants, sponsors and spectators alike.

Indeed, it was the club’s recurring ethos of putting fans first that resonated with the unbiased and impartial WSRA adjudicators who acknowledged and praised the Warriors ongoing community commitment by presenting a special / upgraded ‘Gold Shoe Award’ to club owners Barry Bishop and Martin Widman.