CYCA Scoops YA Awards

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  • By Stacey French
  • 07 Nov 2015 10:30:00
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Mike Fletcher receiving his award from YA President Matt Allen

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CYCA Member Mike Fletcher wins the coveted Presidents Award with Will Ryan, Bob Oatley and Liesl Tesch also recognised for their achievements while Sailing Manager, Justine Kirkjian won the Sport Professional Award.

The coveted President’s Award was presented to the highly decorated Olympic sailing coach Mike Fletcher.

CYCA Commodore, John Cameron said that Fletcher is a highly regarded CYCA Member and a deserving recipient of the prestigious award.

"Commonly known around the club as 'Coach', Fletch is now a part of an elite group to be recognised with this award,” Cameron said.

“Jock Sturrock was the first person to ever receive this award and since then all candidates have been of a high level.

“The quality of recipients for all Yachting Australia Awards is of a high standard and to have a number of CYCA Members recognised this year has been very well received.” 

Fresh from their World Championship and World Cup final wins, 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have continued their extraordinary run of success by taking out the 2015 Yachting Australia Male Sailor of the Year award.

Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have continued to dominate in their Skud 18 Class since winning gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. The pair won the award for Sailor of the Year with a Disability.

“It was a pretty tough field out there,” Tesch said. “The other sailors have done some amazing things. It’s a great honour for us and it reinforces that we have a big year ahead of us and a big responsibility on our shoulders on behalf of Australia.”

Lifelong friends and yachting legends Bill Buckle and Bob Oatley were recognised for their huge contributions to the sport with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Sport Professional Award was won by Justine Kirkjian who plays a pivotal role in the organisation of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Kirkjian also develops and oversees all racing undertaken at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia including ocean racing, club racing, social racing, special events and regattas.

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Kirkjian receiving her trophy from Sarah Kenny Image: Yachting Australia

Kirkjian receiving her trophy from Sarah Kenny

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