‘Maritime Maestro’ announced

2016-04-12 06:00
Brian Ingpen has won the South African maritime industry’s ‘Maritime Maestro’ award.

Brian Ingpen has won the South African maritime industry’s ‘Maritime Maestro’ award.

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Lawhill Maritime Centre’s Brian Ingpen has won the South African maritime industry’s Maritime Maestro award.

The award, which was presented to Ingpen on Tuesday last week, recognises individuals in the maritime industry who act as ambassadors for the industry and who – in their personal capacity and in their own time and at their own expense – promote the development and awareness of the industry in a manner that goes above and beyond their current job description.

Ingpen, who received a standing ovation when announced as the winner, has made a significant contribution to the South African maritime industry as a dedicated and passionate maritime historian, author, journalist and, above all, educationalist.

Of the more than 40 years he has spent in education, he has dedicated the past 19 years to the advancement of the specialist maritime education programme at the Lawhill Maritime Centre.

The programme has made it possible for hundreds of young people – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds – to pursue worthwhile, satisfying and potentially lucrative careers in the maritime and related industries.

His contribution in this regard is particularly significant considering South Africa’s high levels of youth unemployment and poverty.

He has, through his selfless dedication and remarkable vision, helped to establish the Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School as a role model for schools-based maritime education in South Africa, if not the world.

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