Award for sailing volunteer

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A sailor from the Harborough area has seen her inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at an awards ceremony.

Hollowell Sailing Club’s Larissa Barker, who lives in Mowsley, was honoured with an RYA Lifetime Commitment award by sailing’s national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years.

A total of 53 awards were bestowed upon volunteers from across the UK, recognising their exceptional generosity and dedication to boating. The awards ceremony and luncheon was held at One Great George Street, where each award winner was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate.

A spokesman for Hollowell Sailing Club said: “For more than two decades during her time volunteering, Larissa, has been an integral part of day to day life at Hollowell SC, including being the club’s first lady commodore, a position she fulfilled for three years.

“She has been instrumental in nurturing the development of the club’s young sailors, including introducing the national grassroots scheme, RYA OnBoard, at Hollowell, providing low cost sailing opportunities for school and youth groups enabling kids aged eight to 18 to learn to sail.

“Thanks largely to Larissa’s influence many young Hollowell sailors have gone on to be selected for prestigious RYA racing squads and compete at national and international level.”

Larissa was nominated for the award by Hollowell SC and selected as a winner by the RYA Awards panel.

Duncan Truswell, RYA sport development manager, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say ‘thank you’, on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people who really make a difference to help people get on the water.

“It’s our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the important commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping young people get afloat.”

For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit