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27 October 2005, 03:14 pm
RYA Community Awards And RYA Awards
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The RYA recognized over 60 volunteers for their dedication and contribution to the sport of sailing and boating at the RYA Community Awards Ceremony in London on 13 October. During a private ceremony, HRH, The Princess Royal, acknowledged their ongoing support by presenting the winners with the RYA Awards.
The RYA received a 300% rise in the number of nominations and in this, the fourth year of the RYA Awards and the Year of the Volunteer; the Awards Panel took the decision to award an unprecedented number of Awards. Nominations were received from all over Great Britain and the winners ranged from Argyll in Scotland to Porthmadog in Wales and over to Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Each award winner has made an invaluable contribution to their club; improving sailing opportunities in all manner of capacities, from establishing clubs, committee participation, race management to boat maintenance and training. Those receiving the former have, on average, around 30 years of service sailing.

Acknowledging the important role that volunteers play, Rod CARR OBE, RYA Chief Executive said, 'Intended to go someway towards thanking volunteers for all their hard work, the RYA Community Awards recognize these dedicated individuals for all their commitment and contribution to our sport. These worthy and exceptional volunteers have impressed us all at the RYA, including HRH The Princess Royal, who took the time speak to each recipient at the ceremony individually.'

The regional and national RYA Awards were also presented by the Princess in a separate ceremony. The accolade of Honorary Lifetime Membership of the RYA was awarded to Jonathan JANSON for his contribution to the financial well-being to the organization.

The Francis Elkin Award, which celebrates the invaluable contribution of grass routes volunteers, was presented to Kevin and Eileen COKAYNE for their impressive work with Sailability.

Helen Jeffreys
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