In 2010 Aaron Reynolds was presented with the prestigious Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Thames Valley Young Sailor of the Year Award in recognition his outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing.
Aaron has been sailing since he was 4 years old and is a member of Erith Yacht Club. He races on the 29er circuit all over the country and has both a powerboat instructors and advanced dingy instructors certificates.
He has become a very active volunteer instructor who is always enthusiastic to introduce new people to the sport, providing confidence and reassurance to young people learning to sail. Aaron supports a demanding sailing training programme at the Yacht Club, which has recently had significant investment in new facilities and is viewed as being a true Olympic legacy, both for the London Borough of Bexley and for the Thames Gateway region.
The level of training now possible at the club following it's redevelopment simply could not be sustained without the help of people like Aaron. The volunteer hours that Aaron offers means that costs to students can be maintained at an affordable level, ensuring that what can be sometimes regarded as an elitist sport remains accessible to all.
Aaron plays a pivotal role in creating a safe, fun and progressive environment for all young people to succeed and excel in the sport of sailing, leads by example and is an excellent role model for junior, and youth sailing development.