WE were pleased, proud and privileged to welcome Steve Hill to the Vestacare Stadium where he presented the match ball for the game against Midlands Hurricanes to referee Brad Milligan.
At most home games this year we hope to recognise the achievements of a local celeb who has thrust our beloved borough of Oldham into the spotlight. We can do that by inviting them to present the match ball to the referee and by introducing them to our fans over the public address system.
At the Swinton game it was boxing star Naomi Kalu, to be followed seven days later by Steve Hill MBE, who has raised nearly £150,000 for charity in the past 13 years by performing numerous personal challenges across the world.
Awarded the MBE for services to education and charity, Steve is deputy head at St Joseph’s RC Primary in Shaw.
“My classroom motto is, ‘Dream big, aim high and never give up’ and I try to instil in each child a mindset of ‘I can and I will’.
His challenges have included climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking 200 miles in the Sahara, completing an Arctic expedition, running marathons all over the world and trekking to Everest’s base camp.
A winner of ‘Pride in Oldham’ and various national teaching awards, Steve is a rugby league fan who used to play for Waterhead.