Malcolm Kielty has been the driving force in Wheelchair sports in Calderdale for many years. So to those of us who have ever worked with him it will come as no surprise that he has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours List, for services to Wheelchair Rugby League.
To list all of his achievements would not pay him justice because its not why he does this work. However, here are some of the standouts chosen by Frank Watene, Project Manager of the CCCT and who has had the pleasure of working with Malcolm for the past 8 years.
'For starters it was Malcolms vision which helped create and sustain the CCCT almost 10 years ago. Within this contaxt he has started our wheelchair cheerleading group the 'Dragons and our Young at Heart over 50s group. For this year’s Rugby League World Cup, he helped to form an Irish Wheel Chair team which took part for the first time. '
'Prior to this he cofounded the Cardinals Basketball charity from which he later helped form the Gt Britain Wheel Chair team which went onto to win the World Cup in Australia in 2008, a team which included two local brothers, Harry and Jack Brown. He was also responsible for persuading Hannah Cockroft MBE to try out for Wheel Chair sport, whilst she was at Trinity School. '
Franks says finally, 'Malcolm is constantly hard at work either writing funding applications or on a steering group, just making a difference in whatever he puts his hand to. If he's not at home on his laptop then he will be in Turkey with Pat......still working!!!'
Malcolm has always been a passionate follower of Rugby League, especially the Halifax RLFC. Malcolm’s father was the famous Halifax scrum half, Stan Kielty, who is in the Club’s Hall of Fame.