Sian Reynolds makes history as first female chair and youngest chair appointed to RYA Cymru Wales board

The Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales has announced the appointment of Sian Reynolds as Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Sian’s appointment goes down in history as she is the first female president and also the youngest president of RYA Cymru Wales‘ plank. She brings a wealth of experience to the role as she has been involved with RYA Cymru Wales for almost 30 years, having been a member and captain of the Welsh Sailing Team and most recently a member of the Board of Directors.

Sian was selected to sail for the Welsh Sailing Team (dinghies and keelboats) for five years as well as the British Sailing Team (keelboats).

She has many national and international racing achievements, including finishing in the top eight of three World Championships in three different boat classes and finishing 2nd in the Women’s Match Racing Championships of Great Britain.

Sian still races regularly and was the first woman at the Welsh Championships last year.

In addition to her competitive accomplishments, Sian is also an RYA Race Coach (dinghies and keelboats) and RYA Regional Judge, roles she greatly enjoys.

Sian is experienced, dedicated and committed to the politics and governance of RYA Cymru Wales, having become a board member and chair of the RYA Cymru Wales (South) Regional Committee six years ago, the regional body said for boating in Wales.

Chris Munro, Managing Director of RYA Cymru Wales, said: “I am delighted to welcome Sian as the new Chairman of RYA Cymru Wales. Sian’s knowledge and experience will be invaluable in leading the organization as we work to implement our new strategy.

“Sian’s appointment has been unanimously supported by the RYA Cymru Wales Board and I am sure will be welcomed by our key partners and the yachting community in Wales.”

Sian is also passionate about performance sailing and has been on the RYA Cymru Wales Performance Committee for three years and was appointed to the RYA Race Committee last year, roles she will continue.

RYA Chairman Chris Preston congratulated Sian on his appointment and added: “The entire RYA team looks forward to working with Sian and the staff at RYA Cymru Wales to support safe and enjoyable boating in the Land of Wales.

Outside of the yachting world, Sian is a practicing lawyer with 17 years of experience. Sian was second Welsh Young Lawyer of the Year and has been recognized by the Legal 500 on numerous occasions for the quality of her work.

Sian studied law at the University of Wales, Swansea where she was a sports scholar and was recently recognized by the university as one of its 100 Inspirational Graduates due to her achievements on and off. some water.

Commenting on his nomination. Sian said, “I am proud of RYA CW, its staff and its volunteers. Boating has and will continue to play a major role in my life and I am passionate about ensuring that there are opportunities for all of our communities across Wales to get afloat and enjoy the benefits of boating, for generations to come.

“I look forward to working with the RYA, the RYA CW and my colleagues on the Board to improve the services we provide, build on the success of the Welsh Sailing Team and meet the future challenges of yachting. across Wales in my role as Chairman of RYA CW Council.

Sian Reynolds replaces Mike Butterfield, who resigned from the post in August, as previously stated on Afloat.ie.

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