On Thursday 6th June at 12 noon, a trophy was presented to Captain Nick Trevor, RMLY and Captain Samantha Brettell by Lt Col Nick David, Shrewsbury School CCF (pictured, left to right).
The trophy was created as a tribute to the life of Trooper Christopher Whiteside, Light Dragoons who was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on 7th July 2009, aged just 20 years. The Whiteside Trophy, as it will come to be known, will be presented annually in recognition of sporting excellence.
The Shrewsbury School Foundation was initially approached by Nick Trevor, a school parent, who also has a son in the Light Dragoons, to ask for the School’s assistance with the making of the trophy. Following design discussions, the trophy was made in Shrewsbury School’s Design and Technology Department by Craig Stanhope and a second trophy (miniature) was made for the family of Trooper Whiteside as a keepsake.
The original design was drawn by 12-year-old Aimee McDonald, winner of a special competition for schoolchildren in Trooper Whiteside's home town of Blackpool to design a trophy in his memory.
Below left to right: Aimee McDonald's original design; Captain Samantha Brettell, Craig Stanhope and Captain Nick Trevor, RMLY; the Light Dragoon's Whiteside Trophy and the Whiteside family's miniature