Cumbrae sponsors 'RYA Scotland Young Person of the Year' award

18 Jan
Cumbrae sponsors 'RYA Scotland Young Person of the Year' award

‘RYA Scotland Young Person of the Year’, sponsored by sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae

Cumbrae is delighted to sponsor the ‘RYA Scotland Young Person of the Year’ award at the RYA Scotland Annual Awards, being held this Saturday at the Glasgow Science Centre.

There are 3 nominees for the ‘Young Person of the Year’ award and the RYA provides the following background to each:

Rebecca Coles from Annandale Sailing Club

Rebecca decided to start up an Optimist Club to develop younger sailors further and to teach them all the things she had learnt as an Optimist sailor. The club was initially started on Thursday nights, with 2 to 3 children, but following a lot of hard work from Rebecca, and the good results and the great fun the children were having there are now 10 children registered for the Optimist Club. This is a fantastic achievement for someone so young, to take the initiative to start up a club like this, with the desire to encourage and develop younger children and to pass on her considerable knowledge and experience gained form sailing the optimist. The rapport that she has with the children is excellent, they are all so attentive during the teaching sessions, and Rebecca has also been very strong in teaching the children to be self-reliant, to rig and launch the boats themselves and to work as a team.

Oban Duncan from iPowerboat Training Centre

Oban is a powerboater and known throughout Scotland as being the little girl in pink who loves to share her boat with others showing them that, done safely, power boating is not only fun but invigorating and a great way to meet new friends. Owning her own rib for just over a year, she has total responsibility for it. Checking oil, hull, fuel and filling in her check sheets prior to every voyage and washing down and completing her log on return. Oban loves sharing her boat with her friends always with her dad by her side. Oban is known on the loch by the commercial boats who all wave and ask all their sailors to wave as the go by when she’s out training in all weathers. Oban is a great advocate of the RYA system and even took her brownie pack out on water for a taster session. At the age of 9 she qualified for the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championships travelling to Southampton to take part in the finals.

Cameron Milne from Prestwick Sailing Club

Cameron has been a real asset to Prestwick Sailing Club as a good all round volunteer. His willingness to get involved in all aspects of the club is incredible making him one of their most reliable members who is always on hand when needed. Cameron has been involved in training as an assistant instructor for the past 2 years building a great rapport with the cadet group. Cameron got involved with boat maintenance, club maintenance and due to the fact that he lives very close to the club he has been called in at the last minute to cover for race duties when we have been short allowing club racing to take place. Cameron owns his own boat and sails regularly, when he is not facilitating the sailing for others. He is a good team player but also happy to get on with things unsupervised. He will try his hand at any task and has succeeded with the tasks he has undertaken.

Good luck to all three, as well as all the other nominees who are up for different awards!

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