DEDICATED volunteer Richard Sinnott has been at the helm of Warrington Rowing Club for more than three decades.

Since co-founding the club in 1986 he’s set scores of youngsters on course for success, coaching some outstanding rowers who have progressed on to the world stage.

Over the years Richard, from Appleton, has tirelessly supported his squad whatever their ability, travelling to regattas and races in all weathers, helping them to achieve their goals, whatever their ambition.

Amongst his success stories is Lucy Glover who won silver at the 2016 World Junior Championships and gold at the World Rowing under 23 championships earlier this year. He was also Olympic silver medallist Richard Egington’s first coach.

It’s his passion for the sport and for giving young people opportunities to succeed that have kept Richard volunteering for the past 30 years.

As well as his club coaching responsibilities, he also runs the Warrington Youth Rowing project which targets local high school pupils who might never have considered trying their hand at the sport.

He said: “It’s a great sport for young people. It teaches them team work and discipline, and helps them to build relationships. It’s also great for their health and wellbeing.

“The best thing for me is seeing them achieve their potential, whatever their level of ability. I’m very proud of what they achieve and to be able to call so many of them friends.”

Describing himself as ‘humbled’ to be named Volunteer of the Year on Thursday, Richard said it was a privilege to receive the award.

He said: “No one who volunteers does it for nights like this or for awards, but it is nice to be recognised, and it’s especially good for the club.”

The awards took place at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last week. 

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