STEPHEN ‘Sparky’ Park has been presented with a Special Award for services to the sport of sailing.

The award was presented by Barry Pickthall, chairman of the Yachting Journalists’ Association and former chairman Bob Fisher at a lunch held at the Royal Southern YC.

Stephen Park has been the RYA’s Olympic team manager for the last four Olympiads and led Britain’s world beating sailors to amass an unprecedented 23 Olympic and Paralympic medals during this period.