The powerboater is given Southampton's greatest honour

Powerboater Shelley Jory has been given a Civic Reception by Mayor of Southampton Councillor John Slade and officially recognised as one of the city’s achievers.

Cllr Slade thanked Shelley, who runs a bridal shop in Southampton, for her hard work and dedication to her sport and presented her with a Certificate of Achievement and a crystal vase engraved with the city’s insignia, yesterday (Wednesday 27 September).

The recognition comes on the back of Shelley’s third place in the Honda 4-stroke 225hp championship, and her victory in the class last year, making her the most successful Honda 225hp driver to date.

Shelley competes with navigator Libby Keir in the boat Team Raymarine and the craft was set up in the civic centre car park during the reception, proving quite a diversion for passers-by.

Cllr Slade said: “Shelley Jory is recognised as one of the UK’s top racers. In a male dominated sport, she is setting the standard for all competitors. Shelley and her boat Team Raymarine epitomise the ‘Spirit of Southampton’.”

Martin Sanders from Honda UK, who was present at the ceremony, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Shelley. She has made a big impression on the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series with her determination and drive and it’s great to see that she is being recognised by the City of Southampton in this way.”

Pictured, left to right, are Martin Sanders, Shelley, Mayor of Southampton Cllr John Slade, and Fiona Pankhurst of boat sponsors Raymarine.

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