Honour for Sunderland water sports centre

Centre Manager of Adventure Sunderland, Fergus Lynch with Rowing instructors, Debbie Connolly, Ben Collier and Helen James.
Centre Manager of Adventure Sunderland, Fergus Lynch with Rowing instructors, Debbie Connolly, Ben Collier and Helen James.
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AN outdoor centre has been honoured at a national awards ceremony.

Adventure Sunderland, which is based at Roker, narrowly missed out on first prize in the British Canoe Union Centre of the Year Award.

However, it was singled out for special praise at a ceremony in Nottingham, coming runner-up in the competition.

Operated by the Marine Activities Centre charity, the group at the city’s £1million Watersports Centre aims to provide access to outdoor activities to all sections of the community.

Pat Murray, chief executive of the Marine Activities Centre, said he was “delighted” with the honour.

“For a small charity like the Marine Activities Centre to be recognised at a national level is quite something,” he said.

Meanwhile, centre manager Fergus Lynch successfully completed his Coach Level 5 Surf Kayak Award in Thurso, near John O’Groats, in Scotland.

Pat said: “For Fergus to be completing his Level 5 Coach Assessment at the same time, which makes him one of only ten in the whole country, and the only one on the East coast, was just the icing on the cake.”

Fergus said he has spent years preparing for the test, which aims to boost coaching and training at the centre.

“The assessment was the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last few years,” he said. “I am now looking forward to getting out in the local surf and using these coaching skills with the groups and individuals who use Adventure Sunderland.”

For more information about Adventure Sunderland, call 514 4721, visit www.marineactivitiescentre.co.uk or email mac.info@marineactivitiescentre.co.uk