For our sport we really genuinely would not exist if we didn’t have the cadre of volunteers across all the clubs No matter what kind of boating it happens to be involved in. Without the volunteers, clubs simply don’t have and without the clubs there is no RYA it’s simple as that Volunteer commitment is so important it really is the bed rock of everything that our sport depends upon on the UK. So my volunteer has involved me teaching and coaching and sailing along side other people so that’s given me confidence, it’s given me a bit of independence because it means i’m thinking for myself and for other people when im doing the SI role and it’s also given me a bit of team work because i work as amongst a team which is definitely building me as a person. It also lets me give a bit of confidence to the younger ones their confidence level just increases and they can carry it on and pass that onto the next people and seeing the chain of confidence pass down that’s really nice to see. I think even just learning good life skills like just how to be kind and good teaching skills you can pay back to people because obviously i was younger learning how to sail there was people volunteering so it it’s just like a chain of giving back to people. Well i’ve always had a passion for sailing i’ve been very lucky since i was 11 and im now 72 so I think kids are really lucky if they do get a passion for something and for me it’s always been the water and messing around in boats. Lots of enjoyment you know its been lovely, both the children were actually cadets there so they’ve grown up, i was a cadet there both my brother’s were cadets there so as a from a family point of view it’s been lovely to watch us come through it and the children come through it and my husband was a cadet there as well and then now to actually been given so much back to the club and be recognised for it as well. The standard of nominations and the numbers have increased and that’s i’m happy to report has made the job of the RYA awards panel particularly difficult but it does underline above all else as award recipients the recognition of the invaluable contribution you have all made to our sport and whether that’s being establishing or maintaining clubs serving on committees as racing officials providing training, maintaining boats or lending your professional expertise the range of ways in which you’ve made a difference are considerable and the vision that you give as volunteers how much you enjoy it at whatever stage career you’re at is is what inspires others to join you.