Earlier this year, the UIM held its annual Awards Giving Gala in Sporting Monte-Carlo in front of over 400 guests to celebrate the 2014 World Champions, reports Poole-based Richard Carr.
Country of Latvia
The UIM Environmental Award was launched in 2009 to celebrate and inspire excellence in innovation and development of environmentally friendly practices and technologies.
The 2014 selection criteria: innovation, significance, practicality, usability, greening the sport and environmental benefit.
Latvia was awarded the accolade based on two environment projects that are currently ongoing.
The Big Clean up by Latvian Olympians Club
Latvia is committed to becoming the “EU leader in the preservation, increase and sustainable use of natural capital.” This vision has inspired individuals and NGOs to add their input in green development of the country and society.
The UIM Environmental Award is an honour to such initiatives as the ‘Big Cleanup’ that involved thousands of participants.
Lake Aluksne concept by Latvian Water Motorsports Federation
Lake Aluksne is a unique competition site, surrounded by forests, thus providing for an ecological and environmentally friendly area throughout the area. Each team is supplied with trash bags and a specially equipped facility is provided for the collection of used fuel and oil.
Thanks to the Aluksne County and Municipality, the infrastructure of the competition grounds is laid out in a way that the UIM events can be executed at the highest level and in best harmony with the environment.
Special mentions were also given to STR Europe – Lithionics Batteries for innovation; Solar1 – Solar1 World Championship received recognition for greening the sport, whilst the Over 100mpg cartoon project was acknowledged for its environmental benefit.
Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.