Staunton Harold sailor presented with RYA Volunteer Award
Posted: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:05
A Staunton Harold sailor has been presented with an RYA Volunteer Award by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, for his outstanding commitment to his sport.
Mark Harden, from Moira, received the RYA Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Staunton Harold SC, including most recently to developing the club's Sailability section.
The RYA is boating's national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the 'MBEs' of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, inland waterways and personal watercraft.
Mr Harden's was amongst 58 awards presented to boating's most dedicated volunteers at the RYA's annual awards ceremony at One Great George Street, London.
Mr Harden was nominated by his club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.
Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport. The ceremony was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work our volunteers do to support boating activity in all forms throughout the UK. All of the stories behind these special people have been truly inspiring to hear and it's really an honour to be able to say thank you and celebrate their amazing achievements."