Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Council has awarded the Taz Causer Skydiver of the Year trophy to Alan Thompson.
Alan was born deaf and always wanted to be a parachutist. People told him it was a stupid idea, but he never gave up. In 1998, he seized the opportunity to make a tandem descent. That was it! He never looked back. In 2010, Alan was proud to represent the UK as freefall videographer with FS 4-way women's Team Bodyflight, part of the British National Delegation to the World Parachuting Championships held in Menzelinsk, Russia. Alan and the rest of the team brought home a World Silver Medal. Alan's dream has come true. His award will be presented at the AGM.
Council has awarded the BPA Jim Crocker Trophy for an Outstanding Contribution to the Sport to Brian Laithwaite in memoriam.
Brian was an exceptional coach/load organiser who served as CCI at two Drop Zones, and devoted decades of dedicated commitment to training the next generation of skydivers. His enthusiasm and sheer love of the sport shone like a beacon. No-one was ever left out with Brian. He knew how to make learning fun. His greatest satisfaction was to see his fledglings fly, and many have gone on to make their own mark on the sport. Brian suffered a fatal entanglement in summer 2010. He lives on in the memory of so many skydivers who look back with tremendous affection on the direction, fun and solace they enjoyed under his wing.
Updated 17 May 2012