Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
What a skydiving year 2017 was! You can share it in the BPA Review of the Year 2017, published ahead of the AGM at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ at 10:30 on Saturday 26 January.
We have an app! Download it now to see everything that's happening at BPA Skydive the Expo 2018, and get live updates throughout the event (at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on Saturday 27 January). You'll find all the details of our free seminars, including the who, where and when, so planning your day will be a breeze. It also gives you easy access to all of the paperwork associated with the BPA - British Parachute Association AGM. Just head to your chosen app store, download the free 'Events XD' app, and search for BPA.
BPA's AGM 2018 takes place at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham NG7 2RJ at 10:30 on Saturday 27 January. See our AGM page for more. It's on the day of BPA Skydive the Expo 2018 and the BPA Annual Gala Dinner (admission to the dinner is by ticket only) followed by free evening entertainment for all members and their guests. It's always a day - and night - to remember as our vibrant skydiving community comes together in the heart of the UK and we welcome our skydiving friends from home and overseas.
BPA Council election results (pdf download, 229 KB). Thank you to all candidates for standing, congratulations to the three candidates who have been elected, and thank you to scrutineers Mi-Voice for conducting the election.
Our BPA Stars 2017 shine in going the extra mile to help and support A licence holders and above to develop their skills and confidence in our sport. Congratulations to Kate Lindsley (Langar), Clem Quinn (Headcorn), David Sawyer (Dunkeswell), and Harry Shanker (Netheravon). They have been invited to be recognised at the presentation ceremony that follows the BPA AGM at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on the morning of Saturday 27 January.
Jackie Smith has won the BPA Jim Crocker Sword for her Outstanding Contribution to Sport Parachuting. The only British inductee to the USA-based Skydiving Hall of Fame, Jackie joined the Parachute Regiment's Freefall Display Team the Red Devils in 1971 (see photo). She won numerous Nationals in Style & Accuracy and also in FS. In 1978, she took World Gold in Female Accuracy, being the first person in the world to score consecutively 10 x 0.00cm on an electronic pad at a World Championships. Jackie continued to compete and win medals and awards for many years after that.
Congratulations to Dan Guest, winner of the BPA Taz Causer Experienced Skydiver of the Year Award 2017. Dan has enjoyed an extremely successful skydiving year in 2017. He won the BPA Nationals in 3 different disciplines - CP, VFS and Freestyle - and also took Bronze at the World Cup in Freestyle. BPA Council has invited Dan to receive his Award at the presentation ceremony following the AGM at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ on Saturday morning, 27 January. (Pic by Rob Lloyd)
BPA HQ will close at noon on Thursday 21 December and re-open after the holiday on Tuesday 2 January. Council and staff wish members compliments of the season.
Voting is now open for the 3 elected seats on Council that become vacant at the AGM. There are 4 candidates - Paul Applegate, Adrian Bond, Ian Marshall and Georgie Vacher. Full (voting) members should have received a ballot notification by email, except those who have opted for a ballot pack by post, which should have arrived before Christmas. In the event of non-receipt, first please check your spam folder, and then notify the Mi-Voice (scrutineers) helpline on 02380 763 987 (open 09:00-17:30 M-F except bank hols) or email support[at]mi-voice.com
There are 4 candidates for the 3 elected seats on BPA Council (BPA's Board of Directors) that become vacant after the AGM in January. Therefore, the seats are contested and an election is triggered. The candidates are, in alphabetical order: Paul Applegate, Adrian Bond, Ian Marshall and Georgie Vacher. Voting (by full BPA members) opens on Monday 18 December and closes at noon on Thursday 11 January. Voting members are encouraged to use the online voting site provided by independent election scrutineers Mi-Voice. The URL of the voting website will issued in the ballot communication to voters, and a link posted on the BPA website.
Updated 17 May 2012