RYA Award – John Lewis

RYA Volunteering Awards – John Lewis receives a Life Time Commitment Award from HRH the Princess Royal – read on and go to RYA  links


The boating world relies heavily on the goodwill and tenacity of volunteers and their work is much appreciated:49 of the finest were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony…
VOLUNTEERS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED AT RYA AGMHRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA, presented the annual RYA Community and RYA Awards at the 2009 RYA AGM.A total of 49 volunteer awards were presented to winners hailing from across the UK from as far afield as the Isle of Wight to Northern Ireland.The RYA Awards and Community Awards acknowledge the importance of volunteers within the sailing and boating communities. They recognise the outstanding contributions, time, effort and experience individuals have made to making it possible for others to enjoy boating and sailing, from establishing clubs, committee participation, to boat maintenance and training.

Forty-nine Community Awards were projected across three categories recognising; Lifetime Commitment, Outstanding Contribution and Youth.

Northern Ireland had two award winners in this year’s round of nominations. RYA Regional Award Winner Doug Smyth who was nominated by the RYA NI Executive Committee for his contribution to sailing in Northern Ireland and  a unique contribution to RYA NI particularly in respect of the introduction of effective governance and management arrangements.

RYA Lifetime Commitment Award winner John Lewis from County Antrim Yacht Club. John was nominated by his club for his continual support and commitment to developing their club and their  sailors.

All the winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch and were presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate by HRH, The Princess Royal.

Rod Carr Chief Executive of the RYA said: “Every one of the Award winners has exceeded the reasonable expectations of their fellow volunteers, club members and the boating community in general and the amount of work they put in is outstanding. These people are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate their sheer hard work and commitment through these awards.”

For more information and to see 2010 video footage of the awards visit: RYA 2010 Awards (link) Nominations are now open for 2011.