Mark Rickard

Mark Rickard

 1963 - 2003


Why the Rickard Shield?

The Rickard Shield is an annual competition created as a memorial to Mark Rickard.

Mark was a life long scout from Backwell that died from a brain tumour at the age of 40 in May 2003. Mark started his scouting with the 1st Backwell and loved hill walking and climbing. He became a popular member of the Yeolands Venture Scout Unit in Wraxall.

Mark studied Geology at Reading University and went on to become a geologist working on oil rigs around the world. Mark missed his involvement in scouting and was soon back in the area, living in Nailsea and training for a new vocation as a chartered surveyor with the Valuation Office Agency. Mark's studies and latterly deteriorating health prevented him from taking a regular role in scouting but for many years Mark was involved as a Ten Tors trainer for Gordano District. You could say Mark was addicted to the outdoor life and, at one stage, held qualifications as a hill-walking, climbing, abseiling and caving instructor!

Mark loved working with the 'Ten Tors' age group (Explorer age) and it seems a fitting tribute to him to have a competition in his name for those people in Avon. He also loved the Mendip Hills so this was the natural venue for our very first competition back in 2004.

Mark was a scout through and through - trustworthy, loyal, friendly, considerate and with a great sense of humour. More than anything else Mark was a great friend to his fellow scouts and to his work colleagues, many of whom work on the Rickard Shield Competition to keep his memory alive and to inspire a new generation of scouts.