Honour for Ripon Sailing Club Volunteer
Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:49
A member of Ripon Sailing Club has been chosen to receive one of the Royal Yachting Association's most prestigious awards, in recognition of her dedication to the sport over four decades of volunteering.
Jennie Clark, who lives in York, was nominated for a Lifetime Commitment Award by the club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.
Jennie has held numerous positions on Ripon Sailing Club's committee over the years, including as Commodore, and has been a driving force behind the club's youth and junior sailing programme, which has seen many talented young sailors emerge with the skills and confidence to pursue their dreams.
Other successes have included helping to secure more than £100,000 of grant funding to modernise the club's fleet of boats and upgrade its club house. Jennie's experience as a management consultant has brought business know-how to the club, which in its award nomination added that her efficiency had ensured it "runs on an even keel and will be enjoyed by future generations".
Although Jennie cannot make the official awards ceremony on 16 November to receive her award from HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, because she is taking her daughter Ellie away for a youth sailing event, she plans to toast the occasion with her family and a glass of bubbly.
"I was very touched when I was nominated, I think it's lovely," said Jennie, who is currently the club's membership secretary. "We've had so much pleasure as a family out of the sport, I've just wanted to give something back for all the enjoyment we've had at the club. There's always a role that needs to be done and if it's within your ability, it's good to get involved."
Ripon Sailing Club is entirely run by the voluntary efforts of its members, with no paid staff, and Jennie added: "We're all in this sport because we love it and we want to share it. Seeing someone do a training course and join in with the club's activities is what we're all about - keeping the sport alive."
RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder said that without the work of volunteers at clubs and centres the sport would be immeasurably poorer: "The generosity and dedication of this year's RYA Volunteer Award winners is simply astounding."
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