National Sportsmanship Award
|W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Trophy|
|Sportsmanship is a word that we hear nearly every day, but what does it mean? Everyone who competes in any form of athletic endeavor is expected to display it and although it can be difficult to define or describe, we all recognize it when we see it.
Demonstrating good sportsmanship is very noticeable and necessary in competitive sailing. Whether it is the conduct of the skippers and their crew, or even the event organizers or race officials, cooperation, courtesy and fair play are essential to the continuation and growth of competitive sailing and to keep our sport fun. How you race is as important as how you finish, and fortunately, our sport still recognizes that fact.
The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Award, presented annually, recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship in sailing. The respect of your peers and fellow sailors is an essential component of any successful sailing career and it is for this reason, that US SAILING is looking to you, the sailors who are out on the race course, to assist in nominating a person for this prestigious award. Your nomination could be for an individual who demonstrated a single extraordinary example of sportsmanship during the year or it can be based on years of continuous sportsman like conduct.
|If you or your organization have such a person in mind, please submit his or her name for nomination along with the reasons for your selection telling why, in your opinion, that person should be considered for this prestigious national award. It is easy to nominate your sportsman/sportswoman for the national US SAILING award by clicking here to go to the nomination form, or your can email a nomination letter to US SAILING (LeeParks@ussailing.org).
When we receive your nomination, your nominee will be placed on the National Honor List for this prestigious award. If you would like to order a keeper plaque for your nominee, contact our official trophy supplier, Tomart USA - 914-937-6806. Click here for details.
Nominations for the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Award must be submitted no later than February 1st. If you have any questions or would want to have more information, please contact me by email Clarkechapin@aol.com.