Mark Pitman Memorial Grant
On 24th August 2003, Mark Pitman aged 18 died in a car accident which also claimed the lives of Brentwood players, James Phillips and Suzy Manning.
Mark Pitman was tremendously popular, well respected, admired and liked. He was one of the nicest people anyone would have the pleasure of meeting, being both polite and friendly to all. He overcame all difficulties he encountered with a smile, determination, courage and strength of character.
Mark had done well with his A-levels, achieving a place at Southampton University and had a great future to look forward to. Whilst Mark wasn't a giant in stature, he more than made up for his lack of height in athletic ability and character.
He started playing volleyball for Wessex at the age of 12 and went on to become a member of the England Juniors squad. With Wessex, he won 5 National Junior Championships at under 15, under 16 and under 18 levels, four of them as captain. Mark was a fantastically inspirational captain, who led by example. He was the sort of player that all coaches dream of having in their team. Mark also captained the South-West at both under 15 and under 17 levels, winning the National Inter-Regional Championships. During the summer he, with his good friend, Tom Dean became the National Under 18 Beach Champions.
Mark had been playing in the Poole Festival of Volleyball with friends over the weekend. His death is a tragic loss to all of his family and many friends and is greatly missed by all who knew him.
18, England junior, National Champion, Poole High School pupil died Aug 2003
In memory of Mark, Wessex Volleyball Club runs the Mark Pitman to help financially disadvantaged young players from Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas achieve their full potential in volleyball.
Please help us support this cause by coming and enjoying the annual Mark Pitman Memorial Tournament.
More information about the Mark Pitman Memorial Guidelines here.
To apply for the award complete and return the application form.