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Posted: Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:55


HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), will present an Orton sailor with one of the RYA's most prestigious awards this month, in recognition of her exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level.

Cransley Sailing Club's Sue Bull will receive an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution either over a period of time or a 'one-off' effort, at the RYA's annual awards ceremony in London on Friday 22 November.

Sue joined Cransley SC eight years ago, when her son and daughter learnt to sail there. After she took early retirement in 2012 she learned to sail herself, getting huge enjoyment from being able to share her new passion for sailing with her son, Tom.

Keen to give something back, Sue gained her RYA Powerboat Level 2 and Safety Boat qualifications and joined the committee, becoming club Commodore and, in 2017, its RYA Training Principal, ensuring the club conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality. Her dedication to her training role has led to a rise in club members.

Sue is responsible for the club's website and brought social media and digital technology to the club too, including introducing a comprehensive online finance and payment system. Her cheerful enthusiasm contributed hugely to Cransley SC securing a whopping 92.7% score in the 2018 RYA Members' Satisfaction Survey. This year the club has also introduced Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and Sue has enjoyed taking up that new activity as well.

Sue said: "Sailing has given me a sense of purpose. I like to get stuck in and basically I'll do whatever needs to be done within my capabilities. Cransley keeps me busy as there is always something to do all year round and it's a pleasure to be around such a great bunch of lovely people who I've become friends with over the years. My husband does not sail, but when we have social events he comes along and is made to feel welcome.

"When I found out about the award I could not believe it. I was quite humbled as there are others who volunteer to make sure the club runs smoothly, so was very surprised I had been singled out. I get so much pleasure out of doing what I do for Cransley SC, but to receive an award for doing something I enjoy is just the icing on the cake. It's such an honour and I'm really looking forward to receiving the award from Her Royal Highness."

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 winners were nominated by their clubs and selected by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.

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


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