Marple sail­ing duo in line for award

Stockport Express - - Sport - SAIL­ING

HRH The Princess Royal, Pres­i­dent of the Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, will present two Marple sailors with the RYA’s most pres­ti­gious awards this month.

Glos­sop SC’s Roger Tol­man re­ceives 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 cer­e­mony in London on 24 Novem­ber.

Mean­while, Tod­dbrook SC’s Jane Thorpe col­lects an Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion Award, for in­di­vid­u­als who have made a sig­nif­i­cant vol­un­teer con­tri­bu­tion ei­ther over a pe­riod of time or a ‘one-off’ ef­fort.

Roger, 74, pre­vi­ously held a num­ber of of­fi­cial roles at Rud­yard Lake SC, be­fore mov­ing to Glos­sop where his vi­sion­ary de­vel­op­ment plan led to Glos­sop be­com­ing the out­ward-look­ing, in­clu­sive, com­mu­nity club it is today. As Se­nior In­struc­tor and Train­ing Prin­ci­pal, Roger has shown unswerv­ing sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to sailors of all abil­i­ties.

He said: “The sport’s given me in­di­vid­ual and team chal­lenges, a healthy life and tremen­dous so­cial ac­tiv­ity.

“I get a great kick see­ing young­sters gain con­fi­dence, learn skills and de­velop. My fel­low vol­un­teers have shared my en­thu­si­asm and we’ve made waves to­gether.”

Jane, 60, was taught to sail by Roger at Glos­sop SC when she was 42. But af­ter mov­ing to Tod­dbrook SC, she was a driv­ing force be­hind the club’s re­ju­ve­na­tion as an in­clu­sive, fam­ily-friendly club where sail­ing is af­ford­able and open to all.

She said: “Find­ing out I’d won this award was a bit of a sur­prise. When we first joined Tod­dbrook there was no youth sec­tion so we raised funds to pur­chase six dinghies, re­cruited ju­niors and ran a sum­mer youth pro­gramme.

“We wanted to make sail­ing avail­able to all fam­i­lies and it built from there.

“I’m hop­ing my six-month-old grand­son Alex will join Tod­dbrook in the fu­ture.”

The RYA is boating’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body.

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