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Ben Fusco        Graeme Grant
Training Centre: Royal St George Yacht Club
Ben is currently Head Coach at the Royal St George Yacht Club. Hailing from Kinsale, he comes from a strong sailing family and is a keen racer under the burgee of Kinsale Yacht Club and more recently UCD Sailing Club. A member of the UCD team that won the Student World Championships in 2012, Ben’s sailing currently involves a variety of one design keelboats such as SB20s, Dragons and Squibs. He is a final year Health & Performance Science student at UCD.
      Training Centre: Howth Yacht Club  
Graeme is the Sail Training Manager at Howth Yacht Club. He develops and delivers training programs and pathways for members. As well as managing a strong coaching team, Graeme coaches a wide range of sailors from the youngest Optimist sailors and national 420 sailors to the K25 cadet keelboat squad and adults in the adult training program. When Graeme has the opportunity, he competes in the international Moth class, winning the first Irish open event in 2013.
 Emma Hett        Will O'Morchoe

Training Centre: Royal Cork Yacht Club  
Since 2006, Emma has sailed an RS200 at club, regional and national events completing her ISA levels in Greystones Sailing Club. She qualified as an Instructor in Lough Derg Yacht Club in 2008 and has instructed in Greystones, Jack's Hole, as a Racing Instructor in Bray Sailing Club and Senior Instructor in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Emma became the Senior Instructor for Royal Cork Yacht Club in 2012 and continued in this role in 2013.
      Training Centre: Courtown Sailing Club  
Will began sailing at a very young age and fell in love with teaching sailing from the age of 16. He found coming up through the ISA levels as a young sailor to become a Senior Instructor a fun and very educating experience. Most of his work experience has been in Courtown Sailing Club he has also worked in numerous other clubs as he feels it's important to bring your knowledge to other places. 
 Jill Roy        
Training Centre: National Yacht Club  
Jill began sailing an Optimist in the National Yacht Club 14 years ago. She completed all of her ISA levels there, in Optimists, Toppers and then 420s. She became an instructor in 2008 and has worked in Sutton Dinghy and Greystones Sailing Club as well as the National Yacht Club. Jill then became a Club Racing Instructor in 2011 and a Senior Instructor in 2012. She has been Senior Instructor in the National Yacht Club for the past two summers. When she’s not instructing Jill races on a J109 and has recently bought a Squib to race with her Dad. 

This award recognises the role Instructors have in providing access to our sports. The final 5 have been nominated by their students with the ultimate winner selected by an ISA judging panel.

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Last Year's Winner

Claire Lambert (Lough Derg Yacht Club)

Hailing from Dublin but spending her summers Lough Derg, Claire’s “dedication and commitment” and “caring and compassionate manner” were among the traits that were recognised by the students of Lough Derg Yacht Club. 


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