HRH The Prince Royal honours Sutton Coldfield HR Sailing couple
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:20
A Sutton Coldfield sailing couple have been presented with a prestigious national award by HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), in recognition of their exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level.
Midland Sailing Club's Christine and David Homer
received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, for individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years, at the RYA's annual awards at One George Street, London on Friday 22 November.
Presenting the awards, Her Royal Highness paid tribute to the invaluable contribution and considerable difference all the winners have made to their clubs and associations around the country and in people being able to get out and enjoy being on the water.
David joined Midland SC as a windsurfer in 1986 and he and Chris met when she joined the club to learn to sail in 1993. Soon they were both actively involved, not only in teaching sailing, but also the management of the Edgbaston Reservoir-based club. Over the years, David was instrumental in changing the club's status to a club limited by guarantee, drawing up the Memorandum & Articles of Association and renegotiating the club's lease.
Meanwhile, Chris took on the role of the club's RYA Training Principal, ensuring the quality and safety of sailing tuition at Midland SC and setting an outstanding example by improving the quality of instruction and administration. Between 2007-2009 she followed in David's footsteps by taking on the role of Commodore. Now retired, the Homers continue to take a very active part in the sailing club and teaching people from across Birmingham to sail.
Speaking on behalf of the RYA, James Allan, RYA Scotland CEO, said: "Our sport genuinely would not exist if we didn't have the cadre of volunteers across the clubs and organisations, no matter what type of boating it happens to be you're involved in. Without volunteers clubs simply don't happen. Their commitment is so important, it's the bedrock of everything our sport depends on in the UK."
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, who were from as far afield as County Down to Torquay, 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