A well known face in the Glasgow LGBT+ community has been recognised for his efforts to improve fitness and wellbeing.
Tommy Clarke, from Kinning Park, has been named Health Walk Volunteer of the Year at the 2020 Paths for All Volunteer Awards.
As co-founder of the OUT on Sundays walking group, Tommy has been hosting walks around Glasgow and further afield with the aim of improving health and wellbeing, with a bit of education mixed in too!
A keen historian, Tommy has also been adding some fascinating facts to his walks, often signposting locals to the important buildings and meeting places of past generations, hitting the headlines of Glasgow’s Evening Times.
Speaking to LEAP Sports recently, he said:
Looking after yourself has always been important, more so in 2020 when everyone’s mental and physical health have been pushed to the limit. At times, when all other sports were prohibited, walking was the one thing people could embrace.”
“It was wonderful, hearing how people were taking up walking again, some doing it regularly for the first time. Discovering more about their area, finally letting their inner child have adventures and wandering into parks and streets to find out it’s secrets, marvel at the architecture they hadn’t given time to study and learn a little more about its history.”
“With OUT on Sundays, I was able to record my history walks, giving those who couldn’t get out or those who couldn’t get to the Soouthside of the city a chance to see some of the outside world, to connect and interact, as one of the tenets of OOS is the friendships and bonds that have been created.”
“Being nominated and winning the Paths for All award is a huge surprise, but it shows me just how much my little contribution has made, how far reached one small act can go and you never know just how much one walk can help someone, whether they are physically with you or not.”
The Paths for All Volunteer Awards 2020 were hosted by BBC presenter Fiona Stalker and celebrated 13 individuals or groups who have gone the extra mile (!!) to inspire others to walk, lead and coordinate walks in their local area.
You can find out more about OUT on Sundays through their social media page here.