Geoff Holmes – RYA LifeTime Achievement Award Press Release

geoff-awardA Rudyard Lake Sailing Club sailor had his contribution to grassroots sailing recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the 2016 RYA Volunteer Awards on Friday (18 November).

Geoff Holmes received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony.

The RYA Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs’ of the sport and 44 people from across Britain were honoured for their exceptional generosity and commitment to boating at the ceremony and exclusive luncheon held at One Great George Street, Westminster.

Geoff, who lives in Congleton, was a founder member of Rudyard Lake SC, near Leek, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. Now 81, he has fulfilled many vital club management responsibilities over the years including during rent and lease negotiations. He has also helped nurture many of Rudyard Lake SC’s junior sailors and played a key role in raising the profile of the club and getting more local people sailing more often.

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Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards recognise the genuinely exceptional voluntary contributions that are given by so many individuals who make a real impact in boating.”

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, continued: “These volunteers are making our sport happen and without them local people wouldn’t be getting out on the water and enjoying all the activities they do. It’s really important we take the time to say thank you.”

Geoff was nominated by his club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. HRH The Princess Royal presented a total of 23 Lifetime Commitment Awards, nine Outstanding Contribution and two Youth Awards in addition to a number of other special categories.

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