Australian Yachting Awards 2011 nominations now open

Nicole Souter (R) and crew - Female Sailor of the Year
Australian Yachting Awards recognises outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the last year. Nomination are now open for 2011.

The winners will be announced at the 2011 Australian Yachting Awards dinner to be held at Luna Park in Sydney on Friday October 28.

The 2011 Australian Yachting Awards categories are as follows:

- Male Sailor of the Year
- Female Sailor of the Year
- Sailor of the Year with a Disability
- Youth Sailor of the Year
- Sport Promotion Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Sport Professional Award
- Volunteer Award

Nominations for the awards can be made by anyone in the sailing community with nomination forms and criteria available on the Yachting Australia website via the following link Yachting Awards Information.

Nominations for the awards may be made in respect of achievements during the period 16 August 2010 and 31 August 2011 with clubs, class associations and the general sailing community asked to look closely at who they would like to see nominated for an award.

The 2011 Australian Yachting Awards will be the first that David Gotze attends as President of Yachting Australia since taking on the role in March.

'The annual Yachting Awards provide the ideal opportunity to officially recognise and celebrate those who contribute so much to, and achieve so much in, sailing.

'From athletes competing on the world stage to the vast number of tireless volunteers involved at every level of the sport, sailing relies heavily on the contribution of everyday Australians so I encourage anybody who feels they know of an individual who should be considered for an award to make a nomination,' said Gotze.

Gotze will also present the President's Award which recognises outstanding contributions to Australian sailing.

Nominations close on 5 September 2011. Details regarding venue and ticket sales will be announced at a later date.

Yachting Australia website