The RYA is delighted to introduce the brand new Honor Preston Award that will be included as part of the RYA Volunteer Awards recognising the outstanding contributions of volunteers across the UK.

Kindly donated by RYA Chairman Chris Preston, this new award will celebrate, encourage and support a positive change in the attitude to diversity in the boating community.

The Honor Preston Award is named after Chris Preston’s 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, in particular (although not limited to) female participation.

Chris Preston said: “My mother is still warmly remembered by many of the girls who she encouraged to make the most of opportunties and to be independent. Since her death in 2010 I have looked for an opportunity to commemorate her in an appropriate way of which she would be proud. I am very grateful through this award to recognise efforts and values in which she strongly believed”.

Michelle Gent, RYA Programmes Manager commented: “I would like to thank Chris and his family for donating such a prestigious award. Inclusivity is one of the RYA’s core values, with this award we will be able to recognise the achievements that so many clubs and volunteers are making in this important area. If you know somebody who could be a worthy winner then please do make a nomination.”

The Honor Preston Award will be presented at the RYA Volunteer Awards ceremony in November (correct at time of print). Nominations will close at 17:00 on Friday 12 June.

To find more information about the criteria for the Honor Preston award and to make a nomination visit www.rya.org.uk/go/volunteerawards.