A Macclesfield couple were rewarded for their outstanding commitment to their sport as they were presented with an RYA Volunteer Award by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony at One Great George Street, London last week.
David and Margaret Burnham, who have sailed at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club near Leek for over 30 years, received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, for individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years.
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. The Burnham’s was amongst 58 awards presented to boating’s most dedicated volunteers this year.
The couple were nominated by their club and selected as winners by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.
Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, added: “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.”
Before the awards presentation, RYA CEO, Sarah Treseder, presented Her Royal Highness with pair of marine binoculars on behalf of the RYA’s Members to mark her 30 years as President of the RYA.
For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards or to find out how you can get out on the water in the Midlands visit www.rya.org.uk