The Awards were
presented by HRH the Princess Royal,
President of the RYA, in recognition of boating’s most dedicated
Alison (Ali) Husband and Tony Evans
both received RYA Lifetime Commitment Awards at the ceremony, held at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, in
recognition of their commitment to sailing.
Since joining the Royal
Lymington Yacht Club in 1982 Ali has attracted support funding from local
companies to get youngsters out sailing and was influential in the completion
of a major pontoon replacement project. Now a Senior Instructor, she helps with
the Wednesday Junior Sailing scheme and is now its Head working with the RYA
Club Principal and volunteers to ensure the success of weekly sailing sessions
for over 100 children aged eight to eighteen.
“I felt very honoured to be among such a select band of likeminded
volunteers,” reported Ali. “This award
demonstrates the fantastic support given by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club,
Lymington Yacht Haven and the dedicated Wednesday Junior Sailor volunteers.”
been organising children’s Saturday morning sailing at Salterns Lake since
2012, increasing the number of children registered for Salterns sailing from 25
to 62. Families have joined the club specifically because of the reputation he
has built. Tony persuaded his club, the Lymington Town Sailing Club, to invest
in boats to enable young Salterns sailors to graduate to the Lymington River
and the Solent, developing a pathway towards continued participation. He has also arranged for eight of his helpers
to take Assistant Instructor courses.
“I was absolutely delighted to receive the award, which is
an exceptional recognition both personally, and to the club as a whole,” said
Tony. “It was quite humbling to meet
other award winners and hear details of their remarkable achievements and
commitment to helping others. Both the venue and the whole award ceremony
was exceptional and wonderfully organised. Meeting HRH, who is friendly,
humorous and clearly very knowledgeable on sailing matters was a
highlight that I shall not forget.”
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.