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UKWA Windsurfer Of The Year

Barnsdale Lodge Hotel in Rutland played host the UK Windsurfing Association for its annual prize-giving dinner on Saturday 14th November. Some 75 awards were made across the various disciplines supported by the association including slalom, wave, speed, freestyle and course racing. A spectacular evening of awards and dancing to live band ‘Under Construction’ was enjoyed by all.

 

As the UKWA crowned its champions special awards were also made to retiring chairman Ian Jones. Standing down after years of service, John Ellis was awarded lifetime membership to the Association – an honour rarely awarded, but well deserved.

 

The first major trophy of the evening was the young windsurfer of the year award which went to European silver medalist and World Techno 6.8 Girls champion Saskia Sills.

 

But the highlight was the awarding of The UKWA Windsurfer Of The Year trophy. The nominees were Max Rowe (freestyle) Ross Williams (slalom) Robby Swift (wave) Pete Young (speed) and Sam Sills (racing). After a close public vote and almost a 1000 votes cast, the trophy was awarded to 2009 World and European Techno 7.8 Champion Sam Sills. Unfortunately the 2008 winner Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers could not attend to pass on the trophy, but instead sent a video message of congratulations from his base in Egypt saying he hoped Sam enjoyed the accolade as much as he had.

 

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