Colm Barrington was awarded the Irish Sailing Presidents Award at the RDS on Friday night in recognition of his instrumental work setting up the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway system and his stewardship of the Irish Sailing Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Irish Sailing.
Barrington has been a long term player in the Irish Olympic movement where he is currently Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee.
The Volvo Irish Sailing Awards also saw Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth and Skerries respectively named as joint Volvo Sailor of the Year.
The annual event hosted by Irish Sailing drew a record crowd of over 500 people from across the country and sailing community to celebrate another eventful year of sailing.
Dickson and Waddilove have worked their way up from club sailing with Sutton, Skerries and Howth, to the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway coaching programmes and the 49er class (a two-handed skiff).
Their progress has been quick and they delivered a stand out performance at the U23 World 49er Championships in Marseille last September where they came home with the Gold medal.
“I’m delighted that Rob and Sean have won this prestigious award,” said Irish Sailing President Jack Roy.
“They’re now working with our coaches as part of the senior team preparing for an Olympic qualifier in December this year, and I would like to wish them all the best in their preparations”.
Nell Staunton of the National YC in Dun Laoghaire took home the Volvo Youth Sailor of the Year for her performance internationally in the Laser class, culminating in her new Irish record of 8th place at the World Youth Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Jack Hannon of Bray Sailing Club was awarded the inaugural Volvo Irish Sailing Inclusion Award for his pivotal work building relationships between his club and local special needs sports club Bray Lakers, and developing a new programme ensuring people of all abilities get to enjoy sailing.
This year a new award (the Volvo Irish Sailing Sustainability Award) was presented to joint winners Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club for their innovative ideas when thinking about the environment and sustainability. From providing sailors with reusable water bottles at events, using compostable food and coffee containers, paper straws, online documents, to organising rubbish collections from their local waters and giving educational talks, both clubs invested much energy into reducing the impact sailing has on the environment, and worked with young sailors, members and their local communities to create sustainable sailing practices.