Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Liz Ashley, Editor of BPA's Skydive the Mag, has won the coveted Royal Aero Club’s Nexus Sport Aviation Journalist of the Year Award 2013 as 'the journalist, producer or author of the outstanding media item on sport & recreational aviation during the year'. BPA's media partners Archant Dialogue produce Skydive the Mag for 5000+ BPA members every other month. It also has a new App version. Pic shows Liz and BPA Chair Martin Soulsby. See full story on the Archant website
BPA Chair Martin Soulsby said 'there was really only one choice for who this year’s worthy winner would be… this is an honour and recognition that Liz so richly deserves'. Liz, a full-time maths teacher and skydiving instructor at Skydive Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire, became editor of Skydive the Mag in 2010.
Working with Archant Dialogue’s production team at Prospect House in Norwich, her tenure as Editor has seen a well-received redesign of the magazine, the launch of a dedicated App and unreserved praise from Skydive the Mag’s readers in a recent survey.
The magazine will also celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in June 2014 and the Skydive the Mag team are already hard at work planning a special bumper edition.
Liz said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award, and it means so much to me. Editing Skydive the Mag is a labour of love, and something I do because of the pride I feel on publication of each issue. To know that others also love the magazine, and to receive such prestigious recognition for it, is simply the icing on the cake.”
Here are videos of the oversubscribed seminars, Avoiding Hard Openings and Getting Better Landings by John LeBlanc of Performance Designs on the afternoon of BPA AGM Day in Nottingham back in January. Apologies to John and also to members who had to stand or who could not get in the room - sorry, we should have scheduled it for the big theatre. We’re planning to invite John back next year, and if he accepts, it’ll be to present in the big room!
Dates for the 2014 season are up on the BPA's UKSL & Grand Prix page. To hone your competitions skills, look out for BPA Skills Coaching Roadshows in the diary of events. Later in the season, after the World Parachuting Championships 2014, there are the BPA British Open Nationals 2014 to look forward to. Bring on the blue skies!
Are you a young BPA Member aged between 16 - 21 years? Do you hold at least a basic sport parachuting qualification? Do you wish to advance your sport parachuting qualifications but lack the funds? Would a bursary help you to realise your air sport ambitions? Closing date for applications: 31 March 2014 - see royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries
Video 'The skydiving year 2013' shown at the BPA AGM at EMCC Nottingham on Saturday 25 January 2014. Also AGM Day afternoon seminars: Canopy Formation; So you wanna be a Rigger?; BPA Archive project update Read the Chair's BPA Annual Report 2013
Thank you to the 500+ members who supported BPA AGM Day held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham (pictured), on Saturday 25 January 2014. Council 2014 met immediately after the AGM. The Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer were re-elected, and the Chairs of the main committees (STC, Communications, Competitions and Development) were re-elected. Thank you to all speakers at the afternoon seminars. Members' feedback on AGM Day is important in planning your event for next year - so if you were there, please let us know what you thought via social media or e-mail.
This year's BPA AGM was again streamed live to reach more members at home and overseas. It's also available to view on demand.
Results of the election of BPA Council 2014, as received (a little earlier than expected!) from Electoral Reform Services (ERS). Council 2014 met for the first time, to elect Officers for 2014, immediately after the morning AGM and awards presentation ceremony on Saturday 25 January 2014 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. Thank you to all candidates standing in the election and to all members who voted.
Voting in the election of BPA Council 2014 has now closed. The results, as received from the independent election administrators Electoral Reform Services, will be published here on the BPA website on Tuesday 21 January. May we thank all candidates for standing and all members who voted.
Warm up with coffee/tea and a bacon roll, on sale before the exhibition opens at 0930. The AGM at 1030 is followed by the presentation ceremony. Then you'll be spoiled for choice of afternoon seminars and meetings! The Annual Dinner takes place at 2000 for those who bought a ticket. Later, there's the Queen Tribute Band 'Rhapsody' and you can a dress up as a Robin Hood character - the best will win membership renewal for free! There's a late-night DJ, and fantastic prices on a selected range of drinks all day. Attendance is free of charge except for the optional Dinner. More on the AGM page.
Updated 17 May 2012