Ian McDowall of Earlswood lakes Sailing Club was the recipient of RYA Outstanding contribution Award on Friday, 21st November.
The award was given solely on the basis of commitment and contribution to the sport of sailing. There were altogether 47 winners and McDowall was one of them.
Princess Royal who is also the president of Royal Yachting Association gave McDowall a certificate and a medal. The awards ceremony took place at One Great George Street in Westminster. Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne and other guests praised the volunteers for their contribution to the sport. Princess Royal said that in order to continue, a sport has to be entertaining for everyone involved in it and she also expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for still retaining the entertainment aspect of the sport. She also praised the volunteers for their professionalism and quality of their duty.
Royal Yachting Association’s Sport Development Manager, Mr. Duncan Trusswell said that the award is meant to celebrate the contribution of a huge number of volunteers. He said that Volunteers are an integral part of the sport of Sailing and further added that it is only because of them that many Yachting Clubs and events still manage to continue. He also said that it is only because of the volunteers of sailing that the others get to sail. Trusswell said that the event is meant to express the gratitude for the volunteers due to whom individuals manage to get in the water every week. He also praised the Volunteers for their dedication to the sport.
Alan Salerman of Arden Sailing club was also honored by Princess royal for his contribution to the sport. Salerman was given the Royal Yachting Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her Royal Highness also presented Salerman with a medal and a certificate.
The Royal Yachting association was established in the year 1875 and is Britain’s national governing body for all kinds of boating sports.