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, Mark
received his RYA Outstanding Contribution
Award in recognition of his commitment to Warsash Sailing Club.
Mark started organising
youth sailing sessions at Warsash Sailing Club in 2009, increasing the number
of participants. He secured club funding for new boats matching youngsters to
boats to ensure all the sailors had fun whilst the older sailors also received
top coaching. He persuaded parents to gain RYA instructor certification and
sits on the Club’s Sailing Committee. He
is an active dinghy sailor and his drive and vision over the years have built
an exceptional youth section of 150 active sailors.
“It was a
great honour to receive this award from HRH The Princess Royal,” reported
Mark. “I thoroughly enjoyed the
day. The venue was wonderful and I met
some truly inspiring people.”
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 Awards.