The depth of Carmel's volunteer work spans over 40 years - and in the early days it was very much a male dominated arena - during which she has continually shown outstanding dedication and commitment to the sport of sailing.
'I am only too delighted to accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers, not just those in the sailing community,' Carmel announced. 'Perhaps I can in particular acknowledge the countless young instructors who provide such a great image of sailing across the country.'
Her interest in the young is as strong today as in the beginning when her drive was focused on junior training. As a key member of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Junior Organizer Committee, which helped shape and develop the ISA Training Schemes, she was closely involved in promoting the first ISA Junior Training Course in the National Yacht Club way back in 1967. Her passion for the development and promotion of ISA Training Schemes ensures that many of today's hot shots first put their foot in the water via programmes Carmel helped to pioneer.
'Carmel WINKELMAN was previously announced as the recipient of the 2006 ISA Volunteer of the Year Award,' explained Robert DIX, ISA President. 'This is an annual award presented to a member of an ISA affiliated organization, who made a significant voluntary contribution to sailing. Carmel's volunteer work down through the years is awe inspiring.'
Carmel will be formally presented with her award at the ISA National Conference and Awards Dinner, on 3-4 February at the Tara Towers Hotel, Dublin. At the Awards Dinner she will receive a prize cheque for €1,250, made payable to the club which originally submitted her nomination - the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.
Carmel's huge contribution to sailing in the early years is matched by her current activities. Carmel is a member of the ISA Race Management Advisory Committee which is responsible for the development of ISA Race Officer Training Programmes. Thus she is instrumental in ensuring that Ireland has a panel of highly professional race management personnel who operate to the highest international standards.
A keen volunteer for Dublin Bay Sailing Club for the past 35 years, Carmel is involved in the management of their racing. Three times a week, during summer months, one of the world's biggest racing series takes place on Dublin Bay with over 350 boats and 1,500 sailors competing.
Carmel is a member of the National Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Royal St George Yacht Club.