Shirley Nellthorpe has been nominated for an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award by the ORDA and has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.  She will receive her award at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 16 November.  

As an RYA Offshore Powerboat Race Secretary, Shirley has supported both national and international powerboat racing events for 20 years. She held the role of RYA Commissioner in 2015, when her knowledge of the rules, garnered over many years, proved invaluable when attending events on behalf of the RYA.  

Shirley has expertly led many Race Control Teams, working tirelessly to organise successful powerboat racing events with all the multitude of duties that they entail. She continues to share her wealth of knowledge and experience, not only with the club, but also with other clubs and the British Powerboat Racing Club. Shirley excels in her role ensuring all participants have a safe and thrilling time on the water.  

“It’s been lovely to be recognised in this way,” says Shirley.  “I’ve found it very rewarding to be in this voluntary role over the past 20 years supporting our sport.  A big thanks to Neil and Julie Jackson for nominating me.”