Shelley Jory–Leigh – British Powerboat Champion, World Record holder and promoter in her sport. Businesswomen, BBC and Sky Sports presenter, motivational speaker and proud YB of Trinity House.
Shelley has been racing Powerboats for over 20 years now forging her way through the male-dominated sport of powerboat racing to make a name for herself both on the water and in the press from day one and achieving the title as one of the top racers in the world.
2016 Shelley returned to racing full time after a 5-year break from her career due to a serious racing accident that nearly ended her career and life. Winning her class and taking second overall in the Cowes Torquay Cowes Marathon race – making her the highest-ranked British female finisher ever. The team Blastoff Racing with throttleman Dorian Griffiths then went onto take a World Record on Lake Coniston where the year before Shelley received the coveted K7 Gold Star for 114mph on Lake Coniston.
As well as racing Shelley runs the successful family Bridal wear business in its 40th year. She also presents for Sky Sports, CBS America and has her own radio show on BBC Radio Solent – the H2o Show which she co-hosts with Sir Robin Knox Johnston. She also loves and relishes her charity work in her ambassador role for her 6 favourite charities.
In 2013 Shelley was also granted a huge honour of being asked to become a younger brethren of Trinity House, Shelley joins just a few other famous women and many Lords, Admirals and honoured men in the marine world.