Peter Bradshaw from Lymm, was very surprised when told he was to be presented with a RYA Lifetime Award.
He received it from HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA at the annual Volunteer Awards ceremony held at Londonï¿½s One Great George Street on 21 November. "I was very honoured," said KenPeter was nominated for his award by members of Schools and Youth Sailing and Canoeing Association and was selected as a winner by the Awards panel for his committment to encouraging young sailors, working hard to dispel the myths of the exclusivity of sailing.
Many parents get involved in school-related sports and other activities while their children are pupils and so did Peter with Lymm High School Sailing Club when his son James was a pupil there. Unlike many parents who bow out when their child leaves, Peter stuck with the club in his role as Treasurer and also became involved in the Schools and Youth Sailing and Canoeing Association to which it was affiliated.
In due course, he also became Treasurer of SYSCA and also Membership Secretary. "Eighteen years on, I still enjoy it," he says. Despite government spending cuts, with his guidance both organisations have stayed solvent.
The school club on-water activity is based at Budworth Sailing Club and has a fleet of 20 boats of various classes. Since the early 1990s Peter has given practical help at training sessions and club events; in 2001 / 2002 he gained radio, powerboat and safety boat qualifications and became an Assistant Dinghy Instructor in order to use these skills to promote participation and demonstrate the benefits of sailing to young people.
Peter runs weekly sailing sessions, uses his own boat for training sessions and organises an annual sailing weekend for club members."I just like messing about in boats," says Peter.
Even though there is a rota system for duties, he is at Budworth every week - ideal for someone who just loves being out on the water.
Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive says ï¿½The RYA is delighted to make this award in recognition of Peter's enthusiasm, promotion of our sport and many yearsï¿½ contribution to the North West regionï¿½s boating scene. The 43 RYA winners are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate their hard work and dedication.ï¿½