Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
AGM Day at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton - Saturday 28 January 2012 - was enjoyed by up to around 500 members - that's about 10% of full members. Thank you to all members who supported the day, it was great to see you. The AGM adopted updated BPA Articles of Association. At the inaugural Council meeting after the AGM, the Council and Committee Chairs of 2011 were re-elected for 2012.
BPA AGM Day, Saturday 28 January 2012 - Links to video on demand:
BPA Annual General Meeting Sat 28 Jan 2012 & Presentation Ceremony http://ustre.am/H1ye
Jump4Heroes - with Al McCartney Your Link
Living the Dream - so you want to be a professional skydiver? with Bryn Chaffe http://ustre.am/H1yI
FilmFest 2012 Final - with Martin Soulsby http://ustre.am/H1yP
Sports-Specific Fitness: Skydiving - with Sarah Cannon http://vimeo.com/bpa/agm-2012-sports-specific-fitness-skydiving
Information on candidates for election to BPA Council 2012
The timetable for the election of BPA Council 2012 is as follows. Ballot packs will be mailed out to arrive early in December. Votes may be cast online, using the security codes on the ballot paper, or by completing and returning the ballot paper in the reply-paid envelope included in the ballot pack. Members are encouraged to vote online, as this avoids the BPA paying the cost of return postage. Voting will close at midnight on Monday 23 January 2012.
The results will be posted on the BPA website in the afternoon of Tuesday 24 January and formally announced at the AGM on Saturday 28 January. Members who have not received their ballot pack by Monday 12 December (UK) or Monday 19 December (BFPO & overseas) should telephone 0845 658 1131 (from UK) or +44 (0) 1538 393 606 (from outside UK) or e-mail email@example.com with the message heading 'BPA'.
Entries are open for the BPA FilmFest 2012 sponsored by Airkix. Closing date Tuesday 8 November 2011. Get the rules and an entry form here. The BPA FilmFest Final is one of the highlights of AGM Day, Saturday 28 January 2012.
At the close of nominations at noon on Thursday 20 October 2011, there were sixteen (16) nominations for the fifteen (15) elected seats on Council 2012. An election will therefore be held. The nominees are, in alphabetical order: Paul Applegate, Karen Bain, Adrian Bond, Kieran Brady, Alex Busby Hicks, Marc Fletcher, Richard Head, Ian Marshall, Paul Moore, John Page, Craig Poxon, Steve Saunders, Mark Skarratts, Martin Soulsby, Weed Stoodley and James Swallow. The election will be conducted by independent election administrators.
Arrangements will be announced in due course. The result of the election will be posted on the BPA website on Tuesday 24 January 2012 ahead of the inaugural meeting of Council 2012 immediately after the AGM and presentation ceremony on the morning of Saturday 28 January 2012 at De Vere Whites, Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL6 6SF.
Calling Full BPA Members! Could your knowledge and skills help our sport? Have you new and innovative thinking to offer? Could you help our sport to seize new opportunities and help to resolve often complex issues? Then stand for Council 2012. Download Form 211 Nomination for election to Council 2012, and start lobbying! Nominations close at noon on Thursday 20 October 2011.
If you missed the BPA's 50th Anniversary Boogie and missed out on the event's t-shirt, now's your chance to have one as a memento of this great event. Orders will be taken from 16 Sept for 10 days, closing on 25 Sept. Production will take 2-3 weeks; orders will be despatched as soon as the t-shirts are received from the supplier. Cost - at the same price the BPA paid: £5.25 + VAT = £6.35. Order here. Women's fitted are also available at £6.46 + VAT = £7.75. Order here. Thank you to the BPA for allowing a further run of t-shirts.
Nominations from the membership are invited for the BPA Taz Causer Skydiver of the Year Award 2011. This is for an experienced UK-based skydiver whose achievements during the calendar year are worthy of special recognition. Please e-mail your nominations giving the name of your nominee with reasons (no more than 250 words, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Thursday 24 November 2011. The Council will consider all nominations and decide on the winner at its December meeting. The trophy will be presented at the AGM.
The BPA 50 Boogie at Langar is this weekend! Times and terms of the free prize draws, etc, are here. There will be 5 aircraft with a helicopter on call, free registration, £20 jumps, load organisers for all levels and all disciplines with a special focus on A certificate progression.
The planned aircraft are a Twin Otter, 2 x Grand Caravans, Antonov 28 - Tailgate, Beech 99, Thruxton Jackeroo and Bell Helicopter (on call) - to provide enough places to keep everyone jumping at £20 a ticket from the main aircraft (specialility aircraft will cost more).
Free food on Saturday night: hog roast or veggie alternative
Free BPA 50 Boogie t-shirt and goodie bag (for 1st 250 to register at the boogie from Friday 0900, so get there early!)
Free load organising / Coaching- FF, FS, CF, Wingsuit and Accuracy
Focus on post A cert, with briefings - CH1/2, JM etc and discounted coaching jumps
Free prize draw with great prizes and vouchers
Seminars, trade stands and displays in the BPA marquee
Live music and disco on both Friday and Saturday night
Daily draw for free jumps
The BPA 50 Boogie is open to all, but only BPA members can register for the free stuff.
Come along and be part of this fantastic celebration of the BPA's 50th anniversary. For local accommodation options, see Skydive Langar's website.
www.skydivingchampionships.com is the dedicated website for everything from registration to results for the BPA British Open National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Hibaldstow this month. From Sat 20 to Mon 22 August, it’s 8-way Formation Skydiving, Artistics & Speed Skydiving. For the rules. see the Nationals page. There was a great turnout of 55 teams in the 4-way FS Nationals, Britain's biggest skydiving competition, over the weekend 13-14 August.
Updated 17 May 2012