Mike achieves an ambition

Mike Haynes, Trent Valley Sailing Club in his Olympic volunteer uniform
Mike Haynes, Trent Valley Sailing Club in his Olympic volunteer uniform

MATLOCK’s Mike Haynes has been selected as a volunteer official at both the Olympic and Paralympic 2012 Games.

The Trent Valley Sailing Club member will be involved for the sailing events at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Mike will be a Field of Play Marshall at the Olympic Games and will then return to Weymouth to be an Assistant Mark Layer for the Paralympic Games.

“My ambition began seven years ago on July 6 2005, when London was awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I set myself the target of being involved as an official for the sailing events, if at all possible, and knew that even if I didn’t make it, I would enjoy myself in the process of trying.

“As well as enjoying myself, I have made lots of good friends, achieved a number of qualifications and gained significant experience during many weekends and using my holidays from work to attend events”.

Mike has trained to become a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) National Race Officer and a Regional Mark Layer. Trent Valley Sailing Club (TVSC) is an RYA Training Centre and acts as a venue for many different types of training including introduction to sailing as well as more advanced courses.

He has trained and worked at lots of venues around the UK, both on the coast and inland, to achieve the level of experience that has seen him selected for the Games.

“The club is incredibly proud of Mike’s achievements,” enthused TVSC’s Commodore John Richardson, “and we are delighted that he has been so successful. His commitment as a volunteer to the sport of sailing is highly commendable, as he is not only a very busy Racing Official but he is also the current chairman of Derbyshire Youth Sailing.

“In addition to this, his two teenage children, who are also TVSC members, are both racing sailors competing at youth international level, requiring them to be taken to events at many other sailing clubs both in the UK and in continental Europe”.

Mike will be in a powerboat on the water at Weymouth for both Games, helping as part of a dedicated team.