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Friday, 21 November 2014
Year 13 student Peter Mackin has been presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA. He travelled to London for the award ceremony and celebratory lunch.
He was nominated for a Youth Award by Bolton Sailing Club and was selected as one of only three young people to receive it by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.
Peter said, “I didn’t know that I had been nominated and it was a huge surprise when I received the letter about the award. I didn’t realise that what I was doing was significant.”
Peter has been sailing for six years and has achieved a phenomenal amount in that time, both as a racer and as a volunteer. He is a qualified Dinghy Instructor and Race Coach; teaches other club members; and also makes a big contribution to the work of Sailability, the RYA charity that promotes sailing for people with disabilities. Last year, Peter was the first junior in Bolton Sailing Club’s sixty-one year history to win the club championship, and recently became youth national champion in both the GP14 and RS300 classes.
During holidays and when his studies at Bolton School allow, he volunteers for Sailability’s Friday sessions at Bolton Sailing Club. He is a regular member of the volunteer team supporting primary school sailing days, special school sailing weeks, and also the Lancashire Special Schools Regatta. He coaches the Sailability team from Pendle Community High School ready for the Lancashire Special Schools Regatta, as well as providing ‘back-of-the-fleet’ coaching on the day for all competitors.
Peter can also be found at his sailing club up to four times a week, ready to help other members with tips and tricks to complement their sailing.
The RYA’s Youth Award is given to individuals who demonstrate a regular commitment and inspirational contribution to the sport which is above and beyond their own participation or achievement. As such an active contributor to the local sailing community as a volunteer and instructor, Peter is therefore a very worthy winner of his award.
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