Recognising the best of youth in Bexhill

Oliver Brookes, a sixteen year old from Bexhill High School, was presented with the award by at the Clubs’ monthly business meeting. His proud parents joined him at the ceremony.

Oliver has been active in the community through his role with the Cadet Section of Bexhill Sailing Club. For the past two years he has proved to be an invaluable asset, helping to introduce 120 scouts to experience sailing while they attended Scout Camp at Herons Park near Lydd. This was done over a period of 3 long and tiring days where he was able to pass on his skills with quiet enthusiasm.

In August, Oliver was part of a team that raised £600 with a 10 mile sponsored sail. This was for Young Epilepsy and the funds will allow them to purchase special life jackets to allow them to experience sailing. He also helped coach young sailors from across the South East at last years’ regional RYA championships. He also leads the welcoming committee for all Cadets and helps integrate new members.

Mike Adams, the President of Bexhill Sailing Club said “I have known Oliver for many years as part of the Cadet Section and have watched him develop into a very helpful teenager. He has proved himself to be a responsible young person, always ready to help others in a variety of situations.”

When not meeting the challenges of the sea, Oliver has spent 10 years as a member of the 1st Little Common Scout Group, furthering his skills and ability to contribute to the community. He is a Gold Award Explorer Scout, a qualified first aider and is working to achieve his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. On top of this he also enjoys playing the piano.

Oliver received a certificate and a cheque for £!00. In thanking Bexhill Lions, he explained that the money will help him fund an RYA Assistant Instructor course which will enable him to further promote sailing across the community, not only by teaching the Cadet Section but also to become involved with the Adult Sailing School.

Lion Sue Cassell, Head of the youth Committee said “What a very worthy winner of our first Young Achiever Award. Oliver has shown his commitment and passion as a community champion and we are delighted to recognise this inspirational young man.”

His parents Dawn and Malcolm responded to the award by saying “We are obviously proud of him and his achievements. He’s always been conscientious – sailing,

scouting and academically. Having been recognised by Bexhill Lions with this award we look forward to seeing him further advance his sailing skills.”

Lion President Nick Porter closed the ceremony, adding, “Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International 100 years ago said “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else”. Oliver has started on that journey, which I’m sure will be long and rewarding. We wish him every success in the future.” To find out more about Bexhill Sailing Club visit or email

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