Les was presented with the Ed Ecclestone Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canoe Slalom after being nominated by some of the club’s slalom paddlers for his commitment to coaching and contribution to Yorkshire Slalom training and events.
As the nomination say “Les puts his heart and soul in to slalom at club and regional level, but he’s down to earth and unassuming about it. The passion is obvious – he wants all paddlers to be the best they can be and he wants to help them get there”
“He works tirelessly with the slalom squad teaching a group of juniors and seniors (some quite senior!). His calm and positive manner have helped even the most nervous of paddler compete at many different slalom competitions”
“Quite simply without Les Ford slalom would not continue at our club. His knowledge, love and passion for slalom is infectious”.