RYA recognises three of Northern Ireland’s outstanding volunteers and unsung heroes

Three Northern Ireland sailors have been awarded RYA Volunteer Awards and recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA.
02 Dec 22
Debbie Kirkpatrick receiving her Outstanding Contribution Award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne

The awards, which were held in London, recognise boating's outstanding volunteers and unsung heroes.

The Northern Ireland winners were:

  • Aidan Pounder – Lifetime Commitment Award
  • Debbie Kilpatrick – Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Thomas Hutcheson – Lifetime Commitment Award

In total, 48 RYA Volunteer Awards from across the UK were presented at the annual ceremony. Celebrating both long-standing and younger volunteers, the awards recognise all those who have contributed to the sport and made an impact in their communities.

The prestigious awards are divided into five categories: RYA Community Awards, Francis Elkin Award, Family Award, Honor Preston Award, and RYA Awards.

Aidan Pounder receiving his lifetime commitment award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne

Congratulating the winners, RYA Northern Ireland’s Chief Operating Officer, Greg Yarnall, said: “We were delighted to see three of our very dedicated volunteers from Northern Ireland recognised for their contribution to our sport.

“It’s inspiring to see so many volunteers give up so much of their time to help others and to help develop our sport and we are very thankful for their hard work.”

Volunteers are at the heart of RYA and club activity, providing opportunities and supporting others to enjoy being on the water and enjoying the many benefits it brings. There are many ways to volunteer and if you’re able to give a little of your time you can make a big difference. Find out more about volunteering