A SOLIHULL sailor has received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award for his outstanding volunteer endeavours in the local area.
Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club’s Iain McDowall, from Tidbury Green, was amongst some 47 winners from across the UK honoured for their exceptional generosity and dedication to boating at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London last Friday.
Iain received and was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at the ceremony held at One Great George Street in Westminster.
Addressing guests, HRH hailed the volunteers for making the access of sailing as good as possible, with the quality and professional approach to that activity key, stating how sailing sets a very good example across all sports of maintaing these high standards.
HRH also stressed that for any sport to continue it has to be fun for everyone involved, and she thanked all the volunteers for keeping the essence of enjoyment alive in sailing.
Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, added: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are all about celebrating the commitment of the countless volunteers who do fantastic work to support our sport.
“These people are the lifeblood of our sport, they keep our sailing clubs, events and organisations thriving and make it possible for others to get out on the water.
“This event was about saying thank you to every one of these inspirational volunteers for their sheer hard work and commitment, not only on behalf of the RYA but also on behalf of the people they help to get afloat week in, week out.”
For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk or to find out more about boating in Birmingham visit rya.org.uk/regions/westmidlands.
RYA Outstanding Contribution Award winner Iain McDowall pictured with Princess Anne. (s)