Sally Self is one of some 44 volunteers who are being celebrated across the UK for their exceptional dedication in boating.

Traditionally taking place at an awards ceremony in London, the RYA Volunteer Awards recognise and say ‘thank you’ to volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport, with recipients nominated by their sailing clubs, class associations and members of the boating community.

The RYA Volunteer Awards are divided into four categories: RYA Awards, RYA Community Awards, The Francis Elkin Award and, new for 2020, the RYA Honor Preston Award. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, some winners will be presented with their awards at small presentations held at their sailing venues, whilst others receive them from the safety of their homes.

Sally was nominated for a Lifetime Commitment Award by Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.

As an active participant of the Management, Racing and Membership Committees, Sally has committed her time, energy and expertise to Race Management at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and held the roles of Timekeeper and Senior Timekeeper for over 20 years until her recent retirement. Her knowledge and skills have been exemplary and her experience has been drawn upon by many Race Officers, the Club benefitting hugely from her efforts. She has also been a lead advocate in efforts to increase membership, co-ordinating and hosting several successful initiatives.

Sally said of the Award: “I am extremely touched that my name was put forward and am delighted to receive this award from the RYA. I have spent a wonderful thirty-five years working alongside a dedicated group of volunteers who have made our Club, and the sport of sailing, so enjoyable”.

Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive, said: “This year more than ever before we have seen our club volunteers come together and work tirelessly to ensure members can continue to sail. The generosity and dedication of each of the RYA Volunteer Award recipients is simply outstanding and it’s a pleasure to be able to recognise these winners through this award”.

Read all about each winner or find more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards.