Volunteer of the Year 2020

Rod Smallman 

Rod Smallman

“An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ​​

It was only a few months ago in lockdown 1.0 we started the discussion of should we move training to online, and how to make it a success. It wouldn’t be an understatement that this nominee had already lined up his supporters, had largely mapped out the course in his head and was ready to go by the end of that meeting. This "Covid thing" created the perfect opportunity to define a new way which would broaden the audience and opportunities for the club.​

Since then, his energy has created and helped facilitate delivery of 42 hours of online Navigation content, taken 113 students over 3 courses including the basics, electronic systems through to the masterclass with Will Oxley. ​

Rod Smallman has been awarded Volunteer of the year for the hours and hours it takes to make a course and deliver it such great success and his vision and motivation to lead the club into a new way of delivery – Thank you Rod!