Alex a top role model
A MACCLESFIELD teen who is blazing a trail to get more youngsters into sailing has been named Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Newcomer of The Year.
Alex Gruber, 17, received his award in recognition of his efforts as a volunteer dinghy instructor at Rudyard Lake Sailing Club, near Leek.
Alex qualified as an RYA Dinghy Instructor in February this year and since then has delivered over 65 hours of training for the club’s junior members plus planning and running training and ‘have-ago’ taster sessions for pupils from St Dominic’s Priory School and adults from the Leek Gateway Club.
He has also established and manages a popular club Facebook page as a way to keep members and ex-members informed about what is going on and notable member achievements to keep a buzz around club life, and has been an active and successful racing team member competing in events at his home club and around the country.
Patricia Ordsmith, Rudyard Lake SC senior instructor and RYA Sport Development Officer for Staffordshire, nominated Alex. She believes the award is fully deserved.
Patricia said: “Alex is seen as the role model by the junior members of the club, not only do they want to follow the path he has taken to become an instructor, they also want to dress like him!
“Alex has travelled to every junior training session, volunteering as an instructor both on the day and in his planning and preparation for the sessions.
“He has developed a good instructor style, making his sessions fun and informative.
“He only took up racing this year following his Dinghy Instructor training and has continued to develop his personal sailing skills, successfully encouraging others.”