Brendon's homecoming

Inspirational Brendon in line for Brave Briton award

Torbay Weekly

Torquay world-record paddle boarder and water safety champion Brendon Prince is in line for a Brave Briton award.

The former teacher, who completed the record-breaking journey around Britain on his paddle board to raise money for and raise the awareness of water safety, has reached the final 10 selection stage in the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2022 Charity Champion category.

Brendon, 48, a former Devon Rugby union captain who taught Outdoor Education and PE at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School for 23 years, clocked up more than 3,800 miles on his record-breaking challenge.

Brendon Prince
Brendon Prince

As an off-duty beach lifeguard, his life changed in 2014 when he tried to rescue – but lost – three people to drowning on the North Cornish coast. Money raised from his paddle boarding adventure will be used to deliver free water safety training, while any surplus will benefit Above Water; Surf Life Saving GB; RNLI; Surfers Against Sewage; Andys Man Club; The Wave Project and Christian Surfers.

Brendon reached the selection stage out of about 50 nominations chosen by the public from around the UK.

Four finalists will be selected in each category and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday October 11.

Falklands War hero Simon Weston chairs the judging panel and BBC TV and radio presenter Rachel Burden will present the awards.