Deeside sailor is volunteer of year

19/11/14...'GLASGOW CITY CHAMBERS.'Sportscotland coaching awards
19/11/14...'GLASGOW CITY CHAMBERS.'Sportscotland coaching awards

A Deeside volunteer won a prestigious national award last week for his past and ongoing service to the sport of sailing.

Ewan Macpherson (66), who lives in Torphins, was named the sportscotland Volunteer of the Year at an event in Glasgow City Chambers on November 19.

Ewan is a very active and supportive trustee of Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust and has been singled out in the application process as the main reason for the growth and success of the North East Scotland Sailing (NESS) initiative, after he led the formation of the group and has inspired people to join at committee and grassroots level.

Ewan learned to sail as an 11-year-old Sea Scout at Hogganfield Loch in Glasgow and he went on to become a young leader in his early twenties.

He then ran a Sea Scout unit in Glasgow with two training centres for over 20 years as well as volunteering with Largs Sailing Club and the Scottish Sailing Institute.

Over the past five years he has put in an enormous amount of voluntary work with the Royal Yachting Association Scotland where he is now vice-chair.

Ewan said: “I am very surprised, humbled and very honoured to have won the sportscotland Volunteer of the Year award.

‘‘ I am only doing what I love alongside so many other hardworking, dedicated and honourable people across so many sports and other activities who work tirelessly to make our society in Scotland so vibrant and rich in opportunity and achievement.”