Alex a top role model

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

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.”

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