Tribute to Serena Morten
2nd July 2018
It is with great sorrow that Volleyball England shares the news of the passing of Serena Morten.
She became ill at the Super 8s Finals and in her persistent way still came along to the junior finals and Inter Regional Championship to do what she does best: be there for everyone. Shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and passed away on Friday.
Serena was Volleyball England’s safeguarding lead and worked closely with staff at the HUB and other volunteers.
A stalwart of the volleyball community, alongside her husband Richard, she dedicated so much to helping others enjoy the sport. She was such a caring and approachable person, who will be sorely missed by the volleyball community.
It has been asked that people give Richard and his family time to absorb this indescribable loss. The details of the funeral will be published once known.
In response to the news there have been many people wanting to pay tribute to Serena. Di Hollows was a close friend of Serena’s:
“Serena was a wonderful person in her role as Welfare Officer, she was always one of the first to the event, long before the competitors arrived, and one of the last to leave after clearing up the rubbish. She was a dedicated member of Volleyball England, always supportive at events, very caring to the young people, approachable, great sense of humour and a definite team player. Ensured all of us, whether it be a referee, coach, assistant coach behaved in the appropriate way when working with young people, the wellbeing of the young person always at the forefront of what she did.
Serena was also great at ensuring she looked after the team of people at an event, also very caring towards all her volleyball family, I will always remember her smile and her sense of humour. I will miss her guidance, and most of all I will miss my friend.”
Di Hollows – referee, member of Volleyball England and close friend of Serena’s.
Reflecting on what a brilliant job she did that The Child Protection in Sport Unit sent us this tribute to Serena:
“I am so very sad to hear this news about Serena, what a shock. She was a fabulous advocate for safeguarding and for Volleyball. I had the pleasure of working with her on the school games for a number of years and she was my 'go to' support at the event too. I was thrilled to see she had be nominated and then awarded a safeguarding star at the CPSU event at Wembley - very well deserved.”
Michelle North - CPSU
Volleyball England CEO Janet Inman wanted to say how much Serena was valued by Volleyball England and how much she will be missed:
“At times like this, at a loss of a dear friend, you can feel such sadness, but I am so pleased to have known Serena and that she was part of my life. She always had a smile, cheery word, a hug and a twinkle in her eye. She offered everything and expected nothing in return.
Serena and I shared time together preparing for the London 2012 Games, where we dealt with some challenges but Serena was always composed and no matter how difficult the task she found a solution.
She has been a true inspiration to all that knew her, a sad loss to Richard and his family and our volleyball family.”
Janet Inman – Volleyball England CEO