Charnock named Ultimate Community Hero

Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce the winners of our recent Community Club Heroes competition, with the winners announced at our most recent Community Club Ambassadors event at Robin Park Arena.

Following our May Community Club Ambassadors event, we launched a competition to find the ‘Ultimate Community Hero.’ The heroes themselves were voted for by their Community Clubs to pick a representative, before fans could vote for the overall winner.

The competition saw over 4,000 entries and we are pleased to announce that the Loch Lomond Ultimate Community Hero is Joe Charnock from Wigan St Patrick’s.

As the overall winner, Joe Charnock has won:

  • The Loch Lomond Whiskies Community Hero Award at the Community End of Season Awards Dinner.
  • Signed framed shirt and a display boxed signed ball for the winning Club House.
  • Matchday Hospitality in the Sponsors Lounge & VIP treatment experience with Loch Lomond Group.

On being crowned Ultimate Community Hero, Charnock said: “To win this award means so much to me and something I never expected to win. To be voted for by so many people at my own Club and in the wider community is massive. 

“I am just a Rugby League fan that wants to give kids the opportunity and facilities that I never had. I am so proud to be a part of both the Wigan St Pat’s and the Wigan Warriors Club. It’s far easier to give than to take – Thank you to Wigan Warriors’ Matt Peet for making me feel welcome along with everyone that voted for me.”

He added: “There is a feeling and buzz at the Club now that makes you feel part of it. This is down to many people like Kris Radlinski, Danny Fullerton and Rebecca Webb. They put endless hours in to make the Community a massive part of the Wigan Club and this is the reason that Wigan are the envy of many other Clubs. 

“From hospitality to Kids’ summer camps and ambassador meetings, the whole town and further afield are a part of it. There are no super egos at Wigan, if you help out like I do – you’re just a part of one big family.”

Joe has also been invited to our upcoming Loch Lomond Whiskies Legends Series with Sam Tomkins, a player who is well accustomed to Joe, having been involved at Wigan St Patrick’s since the former-Warriors was a junior.

We will hear from Joe and Sam first hand on their relationship and how important Community Clubs are, and how they can impact the players today. Tickets are selling fast for the latest Loch Lomond Legends series with Sam Tomkins, don’t miss out – get yours HERE.

Assistant Head of Community, Danny Fullerton said: “The Loch Lomond Community Club Hero award has created a real buzz around the Clubs and to have 4000 people vote is a huge compliment to all the nominees and their selfless efforts.

“This competition has created a healthy competitiveness between the Clubs all voting and supporting each other. Each Community Club associated with Wigan Warriors deserve a special mention as they are all driven by the hard work and dedication of their volunteers to provide opportunities.”

In addition, the other top four voted Community Heroes will be looked after VIP style in Hospitality at an upcoming game as recognition from the Club and Loch Lomond for all their efforts and service in the community.

The winners are:

  • Ruth Fouracre of Wigan St Jude’s.
  • Wayne Bullough of Wigan RUFC.
  • Gary Hough of Hindley ARLFC.
  • Kev Young of Ince Rose Bridge.
Monday 10 July 2023