Written by Fiona Tylecote
Last Updated: 23 November 2015
Created: 23 November 2015
Rutland SC members in the prizes at the local sports awards.
Rutland members were winners in the Rutland Active Sports Awards which were held at Greetham Valley Golf Club last Wednesday.
We are incredibly lucky at Rutland SC with the huge number of dedicated members who voluntarily give up weekend after weekend to keep the club running and the fantastic events happening. It is a pleasure to see some of the key players being recognised for their ongoing hard work.
Volunteer of the Year went to Pete Ashworth who I am sure most of you know in one of his many guises. This year Pete organised the NSSA National Regatta with over 200 youngsters from all over the country competing for their school or region. He spent months organising the logistics, the race officers, safety crew, camping arrangements and on site logistics. This was the big one of this year – but alongside this every year he does the leg work for all the big youth regattas held at the club organising the logistics of the site ensuring cars and boats can get in and out and all activity happens safely. He also does mark laying at many events, cleans the tables , talks to everyone and manages to get out racing on a regular basis. Previously he has led the junior programme which has seen many of our successful sailors go through its ranks. Unfortunately due to other commitments Pete was unable to attend so we were able to watch with amusement Ben Lulham’s embarrassment on stage as he stood in for Pete.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to David Wilkins – although really this should have been shared with his right hand woman Gill. This year David organised the ISAF World Team Racing Championships at the club, and event which many of you will have heard about. This involves co-ordinating ISAF officials, the RYA, Royalty as well as sailors and club volunteers. This was a great event and it was commended at the recent ISAF conference in China. David is Sailing Chair; previous Commodore – he oversaw the lottery funded extension to the clubhouse; obtained and planned the ne w John Merricks facility; ran junior racing for numerous years; heads up the Regional Race Management Committee: used to be Laser class captain – starting off the Laser Club Championships which has gone from strength to strength, as well as running Start to Race courses for less experienced sailors at the club. On top of all this he can boast an Olympic Silver medal – it was an award well and truly deserved.
Jamie Tylecote was runner up in his category – for his victory in the NSSA Nationals Regatta in the summer.
We had nominees in many categories: Carys Attwell & Jess Flint – junior sportswoman; Jemima Leedham – young Sports woman; Jamie Tylecote – junior sportsman; Tom Proffitt – young sportsman. Alongside the sailors there was also a nomination for Ladies That Launch and for Steve Baker from Sailability for disabled sportsperson of the year.
It was a great evening seeing our fellow sailors recognised as well as selling our sport to the wider audience. It is also interesting to hear about the other fantastic sports activities going on in the region. Rutland is the most active county in the country – its residents and visitors like activity - there is a lot of competition for these awards and we are very proud of our successes.
) . 2014 winners Calum Terry and James Leetch will be hard acts to follow.