Mark Gibson from Trillick YFC was named the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster Senior Member of the Year at the association’s annual general meeting and conference which took place at the La Mon Hotel.
Sponsored by United Feeds, Mark was one of six finalists for the award. The county winners were: Co Antrim, Stephanie McCollam, Lylehill YFC; Co Armagh, Thomas Chambers, Collone YFC; Co Down, Linzi Stewart, Moneyrea YFC, Co Tyrone, Mark Gibson, Trillick YFC; Co Londonderry, Clare Buchanan, Dungiven YFC and Co Fermanagh, Ryan Donnell, Kesh YFC.
Member of the Year Mark Gibson is an active, successful club member with great enthusiasm for all YFC activities and makes an ideal club leader.
He has a good rapport with all members of Trillick YFC and has coped well with the challenges of leading a large club.
This year he was elected Tyrone county vice chairman and together with his committee duties he has been involved visiting neighbouring clubs to offer help and encouragement – a role he very much enjoyed. Over the years he has participated in almost all YFC competitions and his ‘can do’ attitude encourages members to take part too.
This season he set himself the target of increasing participation which has been achieved. In 2015, he undertook two major challenges - to co-write, produce and act in Trillick’s arts festival entry and to act as choirmaster for the choir festival as he enjoys acting and is a good singer.
In the summer of 2015, Mark became the first Trillick member to be awarded a place on the European Rally Team and is also on the committee involved in planning the 2016 rally in Northern Ireland.
Courtesy of United Feeds, Mark received a commemorative plaque as well as £100 worth of vouchers from the shop of his choice.