RYA Scotland looks for nominees

A member of one of Aberdeenshire’s five sailing clubs or an instructor at one of its 15 regional training centres could be honoured at the RYA Scotland’s Annual Awards.

London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist, Luke Patience, will present Scotland’s top coach, instructor, club, volunteer, young volunteer and outstanding female contribution to the sport, with their awards at a special dinner in Largs on Saturday, February 23, during RYA Scotland’s Big Weekend, the annual boat show that brings sailors from all over Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

Judging this year’s awards will be: twice Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Shirley Robertson, OBE; Mike Hay, MBE, British Olympic Association’s Head of Winter Sport Engagement and sportscotland board member; and Chris Tiso, CEO at Tiso Group Ltd.

RYA Scotland Chief Operation Officer, James Stuart, said: “Recognising and celebrating the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, coaches, instructors, sailors and clubs is hugely important to our sport and we urge you to nominate those who have gone that extra mile for their sport, achieved great successes and have helped to encourage others.

“In this Olympic year many people in Scotland sailing have capitalised by leading and promoting sailing at their clubs. Our awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of these people, many of them unsung heroes.”

The closing date for nominations is Monday, January 7. The 2012 RYAS Awards categories are RYA Scotland Coach of the Year, RYA Scotland Instructor of the Year, RYA Scotland Club of the Year, RYA Scotland Volunteer of the Year, RYA Scotland Young Volunteer of the Year and RYA Scotland’s Elizabeth Mackay award – for outstanding female contribution to the sport.

If you know a volunteer, instructors or club which has made an outstanding commitment to sailing in 2012 then please complete a nomination at: www.ryascotland.org.uk