MICHAEL CLEMENTS (28 08 1949 – 28 01 2022) – A STALWART OF THE LSSA
A stalwart is often defined as a loyal, reliable and hard-working member of an organisation and Michael Clements possessed all of those qualities and more.
Michael was a long-standing member of Lancashire School Sailing Association and most members will remember Michael as the Association’s ‘Powerboat Expert’; as its Treasurer for many years and more recently as a Vice-President. He was a keen supporter of our younger members and he made such a positive impact on all he met.
He was a dedicated volunteer at Fishmoor Reservoir where he helped to introduce many young people to sailing and other water sports. He was equally at home on the waters of Fishmoor helming a safety boat, or in the committee room, where he was a skilled Treasurer who kept the Association’s finances on a very firm footing.
Michael was a regular volunteer at the annual Water Days events, where he skippered the ‘Red Rose’ motor yacht at Tower Wood, taking young people and the Association’s invited guests for trips on Windermere. He would do anything to ensure that the young people and their leaders had an enjoyable and safe day out at the Association’s flagship event, including marshalling the 50-seater coaches on their arrival and departure.
Michael’s business-planning skills were a major strength to the Association and each of the Summer Week activity holidays, Water Days and race team events were designed to be affordable to our young people whilst, at least, breaking-even financially. This made the LSSA’s events financially sustainable and any surplus was ploughed-back into future events.
In 2016, in recognition of his significant contribution to youth sport through his work with the Lancashire Schools Sailing Association and Blackburn Harriers Athletic Club, Michael was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Blackburn with Darwen Sports Council.
Michael passed away recently after a period of illness. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends in the LSSA and our thoughts at this time, are with Michael’s family.