While the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy must be in line for some of the newly announced Marine Industry Awards, the venue has recognised outside the industry by being shortlisted for a 2011 Sport Industry Award.
The WPNSA, which will host the sailing events during the London 2012 Olympics has been selected as amongst the best entries in the category ‘Sport Participation Event of the Year’. Other shortlisted events include: Deloitte Ride Across Britain, Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, Bupa 30th Great North Run, The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.
The Academy was nominated on its youth event involving a large number of Optimist dinghies which received a Guinness World Record for ‘largest parade of boats’.
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy which is supported by sponsorship from SSE Energy, Charles Russell LLP and Musto has been shortlisted twice in the 10 years of the awards and has won the ‘Environmental Concern in Sport’ category in the past.
John Tweed, Chief Executive of WPNSA says:
‘Our wall of awards builds year on year adding to global awareness of what a truly unique environment we cultivate at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and how we always aim to include so many different sporting enthusiasts within the activities offered. It is particularly pleasing that, in addition to our work with the elite sailors, an event involving young people participating in the sport has been recognised. The Sport Participation Event of the Year is a very high achieving category to have been shortlisted in and for our hard working team at the Academy a very much deserved recognition for the consistent hard work they put in year round to generate such satisfying results’.
While many of the Olympic venues are still under construction, the WPNSA has already staged successful major events and will host several National Championships and other sailing regattas in 2011.
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