The spectacular initiative to address the plastic’s impact on marine environment was well recognized and 2 awards have been dedicated to the same. During the Beyond Sports Awards in New York, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 achieved the title of ‘Initiative in Sport for Good’ and ‘Best Corporate Campaign’ category.
It was good to see the judges commending the event as it made the best use of a global platform to create an awareness regarding the risk of plastic pollution. In addition, there were comments made on how the campaign helped young individuals to transform into climate activists and also began to use robust scientific research.
The New England Office of EPA in the U.S chose the Newsport Stopover Team of Volvo Ocean Race to get an Environmental Merit Award for commendable work and dedication to the environment. The Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Program Leader Anne Cecile Turner said they start with an objective to engender good behavioral change for dealing the plastic crisis which is ultimately affecting the oceans. They understood their objectives and left a lasting legacy for the wellness of ocean by working with a team of inspirational and supportive partners. They are glad that their hard work and efforts have been recognized and appreciated by the EPA and Beyond Sport.
Anne Cecile also said that they would continue to engage, inspire and lead through a stronger event which would be a combination of innovation and sailing platforms to set up real as well as intangible repercussions to preserve the oceans. The event had Volvo Ocean Race jointly working with Clean Seas Campaign, 11th Hour Racing, and the Mirpuri Foundation. The Director of 11th Hour Racing, Todd McGuire said that it’s a great honor to have been shortlisted for Beyond Sports Award. He also congratulated Volvo Ocean Race for their splendid work and implementing a strong campaign with an objective to bring in positive changes.