The Awards were
presented by HRH The Princess Royal,
President of the RYA, in recognition of boating’s most dedicated
At the ceremony, held at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, Mike
received his RYA Regional Award
in recognition of his commitment to the RYA’s South Region.
became Bembridge Sailing Club Secretary in 1996 and has gone on to fulfil many
key club and Isle of Wight roles, as well as providing valuable local knowledge
to the RYA on Marine Conservation Zone issues.
the Hon Secretary of the Bembridge Harbour Users Group since it was founded
fifteen years ago, he has helped to preserve access for boaters to
Bembridge. At Bembridge SC he introduced
and ran training courses, becoming the Club's Chief Instructor from 2000 to
Mike was a Deputy Launching
Authority for Bembridge Lifeboat from 2004 to 2012, and Lifeboat Operations
Manager from 2012 to 2017. He is a
member of the Lifeboat’s local Visits Team, Education Team and Community Safety
Team. Mike’s endeavours have helped
countless people to learn to sail safely and enjoy the sport at all levels.
and hearing about the other award winners at Friday's annual RYA Award Ceremony
was very humbling,” said Mike. “It
really showed the extent of the dedicated volunteer army that exists throughout
the country supporting recreational and competitive boating. I felt
especially honoured and am extremely grateful to those who nominated me.
It was indeed a very special day."
RYA Director of Sport Development Alistair Dickson commented: “The RYA
Volunteer Awards, sometimes known as the MBEs of our sport, recognise the
outstanding contributions made by volunteers nationwide. He adds “Today has been a fantastic opportunity
to say thank you to the people that go above and beyond, giving that little bit
extra to ensure others can enjoy the sport we all love. Volunteers really are the lifeblood of
boating and it’s an honour to reward their efforts and give something back.”
Watch a video of the event.
Nominations are now invited for the 2019 RYA Volunteer