A SHIRLEY sailor had his inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards.
Earlswood Lake Sailing Club’s Steve Perring was honoured with an RYA Lifetime Commitment award by sailing’s national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years.
Perring has been an Earlswood Lake stalwart for over 20 years and has played a key role in club development, including the acquisition of club land and the replacement of aging infrastructure, while holding numerous positions on the club’s committees.
His dedication extends to his time as a Powerboat Instructor and Race Coach, helping many others in the safe and efficient use of powerboats and honing the skills of countless club sailors at all levels.
Perring has also provided vital support to the Worcestershire Schools Sailing and Canoeing Association (WSSCA) over 15 years, initially starting through his own son’s involvement but continuing to use his skills to introduce many newcomers to sailing, becoming a popular and important figure at schools’ events, helping out with everything from driving the minibus to towing and rigging boats and offering moral support to the young sailors.
A total of 53 awards were bestowed upon volunteers from across the UK, recognising their exceptional generosity and dedication to boating. The awards ceremony and luncheon was held at One Great George Street, where each award winner was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate.
Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say ‘thank you’, on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat.
“It’s our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably.”