by Craig Heydon
The Australian Yachting Awards nominations are now open for 2011, The AYA recognises outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the past year.
SAILING - Yachting Australia Award Dinner 2010 - Woolwich dock, Sydney 15/10/10 ph. Andrea Francolini
The winners will be announced at Luna Park in Sydney on on Friday October 28. The 2011 Australian Yachting Awards categories are as follows:
- Male Sailor of the Year
- Female Sailor of the Year
- Sailor of the Year with a Disability
- Youth Sailor of the Year
- Sport Promotion Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Sport Professional Award
- Volunteer Award
Nominations for the awards can be made by anyone in the sailing community with nomination forms and criteria available on the Yachting Australia website via the following link Yachting Awards Information.
Nominations for the awards may be made in respect of achievements during the period 16 August 2010 and 31 August 2011 with clubs, class associations and the general sailing community asked to look closely at who they would like to see nominated for an award.
The 2011 Australian Yachting Awards will be the first that David Gotze attends as President of Yachting Australia since taking on the role in March.
'The annual Yachting Awards provide the ideal opportunity to officially recognise and celebrate those who contribute so much to, and achieve so much in, sailing.
'From athletes competing on the world stage to the vast number of tireless volunteers involved at every level of the sport, sailing relies heavily on the contribution of everyday Australians so I encourage anybody who feels they know of an individual who should be considered for an award to make a nomination,' said Gotze. Gotze will also present the President's Award which recognises outstanding contributions to Australian sailing.
Nominations close on 5 September 2011 with details regarding venue and ticket sales to be announced at a later date.
For more information visit www.yachting.org.au