Unsung boating hero honoured for contribution to the sport

Sally Self has been given a lifetime achievement award for her work in the boating scene. Picture: S

Sally Self has been given a lifetime achievement award for her work in the boating scene. Picture: Sally Self - Credit: Archant

A dedicated volunteer who has been described as an “asset” to the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club has been honoured with a lifetime commitment award.

The volunteer from Wroxham has been awarded one of the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) most prestigious awards in recognition of her commitment to Norfolk Broads Yacht Club.

Sally Self is one of 44 volunteers who are being celebrated across the UK for their exceptional dedication in boating.

Traditionally taking place at an awards ceremony in London, the RYA Volunteer Awards recognise volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport, with recipients nominated by their sailing clubs, class associations and members of the boating community.

Mrs Self was nominated for a Lifetime Commitment Award by Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.


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As an active participant of the management, racing and membership committees, Mrs Self has committed her time, energy and expertise to race management at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and held the roles of timekeeper and senior timekeeper for more than 20 years until her recent retirement.

Her knowledge and skills have been exemplary and her experience has been drawn upon by many race officers, the club benefiting hugely from her efforts. She has also been a lead advocate in efforts to increase membership, co-ordinating and hosting several successful initiatives.

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Mrs Self said: “I am extremely touched that my name was put forward and am delighted to receive this award from the RYA.

“I have spent a wonderful 35 years working alongside a dedicated group of volunteers who have made our club, and the sport of sailing, so enjoyable.”

Sarah Treseder, RYA chief executive, said: “This year more than ever before we have seen our club volunteers come together and work tirelessly to ensure members can continue to sail.

“The generosity and dedication of each of the RYA Volunteer Award recipients is simply outstanding and it’s a pleasure to be able to recognise these winners through this award.”

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