Along with the other competitors, Oliver Brookes recently attended the final of the Lions’ Young Ambassador Competition for the SE of England. This required him to be interviewed by a panel of three and then present to an audience of other finalists, their family and friends. His Dad said he found the whole experience not only a challenge but also a great experience in public speaking and being interviewed and “grilled” by total strangers – not the usual Sunday afternoon activity for a teenager!

In addition to the bursary for winning the Bexhill competition he received a further £50 for his performance at the competition. The money will fund an Assistant Instructors course at Bexhill Sailing Club. Cadet Captain Malcolm Brookes explained that they intend to open the course to 8-10 young people who would like to advance their sailing career into the world of instructing. This would have a number of benefits; developing their confidence and personal leadership skills and also increasing safety awareness. It would also give them a qualification which is internationally recognised and would enable them to earn a living.

For the Sailing Club, which is a RYA recognised training establishment, it means they will be able to increase the number of young learners as each Assistant Instructor can supervise up to six students. This will help to ensure the long term legacy for social and competitive sailing in Bexhill.

Photo: Oliver receives his cheque from Lion Andrea Etheridge.