Jennings’ director is crowned squash champion

Posted on 24 Sep 2008

Following a strict fitness regime for the past two months has paid off for one of the directors at Jennings Motor Group.

In addition to focusing on his role as operations director, Nicky Dalkin, 52, from Morpeth, has been following a diet of healthy food and regular exercise which has resulted in him claiming the Championship title at Ashington Squash Club based on Institute Road in Ashington, Northumberland.

Organised by Ashington Squash Club Committee, the tournament is an annual event, which involves 64 participants competing for the Championship trophy.

Despite being down in both the semi-final and final, Nicky managed a 3-2 win in both games, which resulted in him scooping the Championship.

Nicky, who has been devoted to the sport for 32 years, is delighted with the achievement, he said; “At my age, winning the Championship is absolutely fantastic. I’m delighted.”

“It was hard work training for the competition, but the sacrifices were worth it.”

This isn’t the first time Nicky has been crowned club champion, having been the recipient on three previous occasions, in addition to being runner-up for the past ten consecutive years.

In a work capacity, Nicky’s role as operations director for Jennings Motor Group entails being responsible for overseeing aftersales departments across the group, in addition to any building work projects within the company.

His biggest challenge to date was overseeing the construction of the Group’s £5.5M supersite in Sunderland. The site officially opened in 2006 and comprises Ford and Mazda dealerships, in addition to a Commercial Vehicle Sales Centre, service and bodyshop departments.

Joining Jennings in the early 1970s as an apprentice in the parts department, within a decade he became group parts manager and acquired a stake in the company via the initial management buyout in 1992.

Later, he was promoted to after sales director and in 2000 he was the recipient of the Motor Trader ‘Aftermarket Award’ for devising a birthday car discount scheme for customers.

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