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RYANI's Richard Honeyford Joins Northern Ireland Sports Forum

18th November 2020
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RYANI Chief Operating Officer Richard Honeyford has joined the Northern Ireland Sports Forum (NISF). Gordon Reid has stepped down from the NISF and re-joined RYANI as Development Officer, covering Mary Martin's maternity leave.

The Sports Forum is the recognised umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector of sport in Northern Ireland and its vision is to lead the development of a cohesive and informed Sport and Recreation sector in Northern Ireland.

Richard is excited to be involved. "The Sports Forum is a key stakeholder for the voluntary sector of sport in Northern Ireland and works to represent those sports as well as driving initiatives forward such as the Code of Good Governance and Female Sports Forum. I am looking forward to being a part of the organisation and supporting them going forward".

Richard has been the Chief Operating Officer for RYA Northern Ireland since 2017. He has sailed since childhood and won several Irish National titles in Toppers and Lasers. He also represented Ireland in the Laser class at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 1997 and 1998. Academically, he qualified as a Modern Languages Teacher and professionally has worked as an instructor in several training centres and became a racing coach at national and international level.

Richard has been with the RYA Northern Ireland since 2005, where he began as a coach and then became Performance Manager for over ten years. Developing the performance pathway, he saw Northern Irish athletes win 15 World and European medals from junior to senior level and also coached Laser sailor, James Espey at the London 2012 Olympics. He now enjoys windsurfing, getting on the water with his two daughters and competes on the Irish Windsurf Association's slalom series, when time allows.

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down.

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About the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Northern Ireland 

  • The RYA is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.
  • The RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.
  • The RYA has more than 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes, which represent some 350,000 boaters throughout the UK. It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK take part in boating activity annually.
  • The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,400 RYA Recognised Training Centres across 58 countries. More than 250,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.
  • The RYA is responsible for one of the UK’s most successful Olympic medal-winning sports. Our coaching and development schemes actively support 800 of our country’s top sailors, from talented juniors to Olympic and World champions.
  • The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone. For more information please visit www.rya.org.uk.
  • The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYA NI) acts for the RYA in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Chairman of RYA NI is invited to join the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Policy Review Committee.
  • You can find the RYA Northern Ireland at Sketrick House, GE8, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH.
  • RYA NI is a company limited by guarantee – Registration number NI 51945
  • Contact RYA NI: Tel: 02891 827154 email: [email protected]

 

 

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