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Sailing instructors Royal award

Date: 04/12/2008           Category: Leisure

Tom Banks a sailing instructor at Medway Outdoor Education Centre has been presented with a lifetime achievement award by HRH the Princess Royal. Tom who has taught sailing to juniors and adults alike for 24 years was nominated for the award for services to the community by the Strand-based centre. Testimonials ran to three pages and described Tom as ‘enthusiastic’ and a ‘great teacher who makes learning fun’. Many of Tom’s students have gone on to have water-based careers all over the world. Tom received a medal and certificate from Princess Anne, who is President of the Royal Yachting Association, at the RYA’s annual event in London last week. A total of 57 awards were presented to winners who have made a specific contribution to the RYA both regionally and nationally.