The Awards were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, in recognition of boating’s most dedicated volunteers.

At the ceremony, held at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, Sue received her RYA Lifetime Commitment Award in recognition of her commitment to the Norfolk Schools Sailing Association. 

A committed volunteer with Norfolk School Sailing Association (NSSA) Sue has dedicated her time as Treasurer and Membership Secretary and continues to run a tight ship as Volunteer Co-ordinator. An RYA Dinghy Instructor, Senior Instructor and Coach Assessor, she has the expert skills to engage young people in learning to sail, developing their ability and confidence, but most of all Sue is dedicated to promoting inclusive and accessible sailing in Norfolk and it’s all done with tireless enthusiasm and a smile.

Sue said: “I was delighted to attend the RYA Volunteer Award Ceremony and to meet HRH The Princess Royal, the RYA President. It was incredible that every recipient was presented their award individually and had a further opportunity to meet with the Princess before the lunch. It is humbling to see that so much is done for sailing by so many dedicated volunteers across the country and indeed here in Norfolk I am just one of a very committed team at NSSA Filby”.

RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson commented: “The RYA Volunteer Awards, sometimes known as the MBE’s of our sport, recognise the outstanding contributions made by volunteers nationwide.

“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.”

Nominations are now invited for the 2019 RYA Volunteer Awards.