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Ron Tough Yachting Foundation

Nominate an Outstanding Western Australian for our highest honours

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation awards our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals annually to recognize the greatest of achievements and contributions to our sport in Western Australia.

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Gold Medal

Regarded as the highest of all honours in Western Australian Sailing, the Gold medallion is awarded to individuals based upon an Outstanding Life Time Contribution to the sport of sailing within Western Australia or an Outstanding Competitive Performance by a West Australian.

In 2019 a Gold Medal was awarded to Matt Wearn for his Outstanding Competitive Performance in the Laser Class, and we look forward to watching Matt represent all that we hope to achieve for Western Australia as he competes in the Tokyo Olympics.  At the same time Gold Medals were awarded to both Chris Kelly and Chris Goldacre for the truly Outstanding Contribution that they made to our state in running the Westsail residential training camp for so many years. A full list of our past Gold Medal recipients can be found here.

Nominations are again sought for the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Gold Medal for 2020 from Yacht Clubs and Class Associations..

Applications should be sent by email to Philippa Packer by 10th February 2020 at Chairman@rontoughyachtingfoundation.com.au containing the following details:

Nominees Name and contact details:

Organisation making nomination and relevant contact person and details:

Details of the Outstanding contribution that the nominee has made to the sport of sailing in Western Australia over a sustained period that might qualify for the Gold Medal on the basis of “Outstanding Lifetime Contribution”, or

Details of all competitive performances by the nominee over the period from 1st February 2019 to 10th February 2020 that might qualify for the Gold Medal on the basis of “Outstanding Competitive Performance”

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Silver Medal (Youth Under 19)

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Silver Medal has historically been awarded to the Youth Sailor (under 19) who has achieved the most significant competitive performance amongst all youth competitors in Western Australia.

In 2019 the Silver Medal was awarded to Zac Littlewood in recognition of his remarkable achievements in the Laser Radial Class.  A full list of past recipients can be found here.

In 2020 the Silver Medal criteria will be extended to include consideration of those young individuals who are making an Outstanding Contribution to Sailing in Western Australia in addition to those who may have achieved an Outstanding Competitive Performance.  In this way the Silver Medal criteria will mirror that applied to the Gold Medal and will be awarded to a Youth sailor (will not attain 19 years of age by 31 December 2020) who has made an Outstanding Contribution to the sport of sailing or an Outstanding Competitive Performance for their age in the preceding 12 months.

Nominations are again sought for the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Silver Medal for 2020 from Yacht Clubs and Class Associations.

Applications should be sent by email to Philippa Packer by 10th February 2020 at Chairman@rontoughyachtingfoundation.com.au containing the following details:

Nominees Name, Date of Birth, and contact details:

Organisation making nomination and relevant contact person and details:

Details of the Outstanding contribution that the nominee has made to the sport of sailing in Western Australia over a sustained period that might qualify for the Silver Medal on the basis of “Outstanding Contribution to Sailing in WA”, or

Details of all competitive performances by the nominee over the period from 1st January 2019 to 10th February 2020 that might qualify for the Silver Medal on the basis of “Outstanding Competitive Performance”

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Bronze Medal (Junior Under 16)

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Bronze Medal has historically been awarded to the Junior Sailor (under 16) who has achieved the most significant competitive performance amongst all Junior competitors in Western Australia. In 2019 the Bronze Medal was awarded to Michael Compton in recognition of his remarkable achievements in the Laser 4.7 Class. A full list of past recipients can be found here.

In 2020 the Bronze Medal criteria will be extended to include consideration of those young individuals who are making an outstanding contribution to Sailing in Western Australia in addition to those who may have achieved an Outstanding Competitive Performance. In this way the Bronze Medal criteria will mirror that applied to the Gold Medal within the Junior age range and will be awarded to a Junior sailor (will not attain 16 years of age by 31 December 2020) who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing or an outstanding competitive performance for their age in the preceding 12 months.

Nominations are again sought for the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Bronze Medal for 2020 from Yacht Clubs and Class Associations.
Applications should be sent by email to Philippa Packer by 10th February 2020 at Chairman@rontoughyachtingfoundation.com.au containing the following details:

Nominees Name, Date of Birth, and contact details:

Organisation making nomination and relevant contact person and details:

Details of the Outstanding contribution that the nominee has made to the sport of sailing in Western Australia over a sustained period that might qualify for the Bronze Medal on the basis of “Outstanding Contribution to Sailing in WA“, or

Details of all competitive performances by the nominee over the period from 1st January 2019 to 10th February 2020 that might qualify for the Bronze Medal on the basis of “Outstanding Competitive Performance”

The Directors of the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation determine the most deserving recipients of the Medals from those individuals that have been nominated and will only award Medals where the achievements supporting the nomination meet the criteria of “Outstanding”