Young North Somercotes sailor Sarah Gowler has been presented with the prestigious RYA East Midlands Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award.
The 13-year-old has been recognised for her outstanding dedication and work as a volunteer assistant with her club’s disability sailing group.
And the Birkbeck College student picked up her award at the prestigious Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday.
The award, from British sailing’s national governing body, recognises the achievements of youth sailors and powerboaters across the country.
Covenham Sailing Club’s Sarah was voted RYA East Midlands Regional Young Sailor of the Year 2012 last autumn for her dedicated volunteer work as well as her own commitment and achievements as a young sailor.
Covenham Sailability provides opportunities for disabled people to learn to sail and sail regularly as part of the national Sailability programme run by the RYA.
Having been a member of Covenham SC since she was 11, Sarah has rarely missed a session and she assists with anything from rigging the access dinghies to accompanying those sailors with physical impairments on the water.
Sarah was also selected for the RYA North Zone Youth Development Squad in the autumn.
Sarah proudly received her award from Bob Fisher, chairman of the Yachting Journalists Association