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RYA Volunteer Awards

The Honor Preston Award

In order to encourage and support a positive change in attitude to diversity, RYA Chairman, Chris Preston is introducing and donating a new award that will recognise the RYA’s core value of inclusivity and provide public recognition of the good practice among our boating community.  

The ‘Honor Preston Award’ is named after his mother who firmly believed boating should be inclusive for all.  It will be presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution in time, effort and personal endeavour to increase the inclusivity of boating and in particular, but not limited to, female participation.   The award will be presented at the RYA Volunteer Awards in November.   

To nominate someone please complete the nomination form at

Nomination Form

Guidelines and nomination criteria  

The closing date for nominations is 17:00 Friday 12 June 2020

Nominations for the 2020 Volunteer Awards are now CLOSED.

Each year the RYA Volunteer awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by volunteers throughout the UK.

Recipients of the RYA Volunteer Awards and their guest are invited to a special presentation ceremony in London in November. Volunteers from across the country are recognised for their exceptional dedication and achievements in boating. The awards are presented to volunteers across the UK in a prestigious awards ceremony held at One Great George Street, London.


Nominations for the RYA Volunteer Awards 2020 are closed and will reopen at the beginning of December. If you have submitted a nomination you will be informed in August if your nomination was successful. For all enquires please contact

For an understanding of the categories and nomination criteria please click here.  


For previous Volunteer Award winners click here.

Any questions regarding the RYA Volunteer Awards please contact or call 02380 604199.


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