Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Rob Colpus is an icon in the world of sport parachuting who has made us so proud both on the national and international stage in an abundance of competitions and records. Over the years, he wrote a lot of the rules for Formation Skydiving competitions and designed many of the dives that remain in use today. His contribution to our sport, since the 1970s, is magnificent and varied, continuing long after he stepped down as an active competitor. BPA celebrates this, in his retirement year, by the award of the BPA Jim Crocker Trophy in recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to our Sport.
Jamie Arnold is the BPA Taz Causer Experienced Skydiver of the Year 2018. This is for a UK-based skydiver whose achievements during the year deserve special recognition. In 2018, Jamie and team-mate Dan Guest (BPA Experienced Skydiver of the Year 2017) successfully defended the British National Freestyle title of their team, Volocity, for a 3rd successive year. At the 2018 FAI World Championships in Australia, Jamie won Silver in Freestyle as performer, again with Dan Guest as camera flyer. Jamie has pursued his dream, become a great ambassador for our sport, and an inspiration to others.
BPA has a staff vacancy for a new post of Communications Manager. The post is based at BPA's Leicester HQ. See here for the person specification, job description, and how to apply. Application closing date is Thursday 7 February 2019.
At the close of nominations at noon on Tuesday 13 November 2018, three nominations had been received for the three elected seats on BPA Council which become vacant at the AGM 2019. As the seats are uncontested, an election ballot has not been triggered. In alphabetical order, the nominees are: Mark Bayada, Tash Higman and Sam Lee. They are therefore elected unopposed to BPA Council for three years: 2019, 2020 and 2021.
We're excited as we count down to BPA Skydive the Expo 2019 - held on the same day as the BPA AGM, Saturday 26 January at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ. It's the biggest event of the BPA year, a great chance to meet friends old and new from across our fantastic sport and beyond. See the Expo website for more, including news of the free-to-attend exhibition and seminars, and where to find local overnight accommodation. Tickets for the BPA Annual Gala Dinner in the evening are available from BPA HQ price £29.95 each - please download a booking form by entering 'dinner' in the forms search box.
Congratulations to team NFTO ('Not For The Ordinary') - Sian Stokes, Vana Parker, Anna Hicks and Kate Lindsley - on winning Gold in the Women's 4-way FS event at the FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving 2018 in Bahrain. This fantastic achievement comes hot on the heels of the team's Silver in the Women's 4-way FS event at the FAI World Parachuting Championships 2018 in Australia.
Tickets for the BPA Annual Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday 26 January 2019 at EMCC Nottingham NG7 2RJ - the Saturday of the BPA AGM and Expo - are on sale now from BPA HQ, price £29.95 each. Please download a booking form by entering 'dinner' or 'Form 239' in the forms search box.
Congratulations to Jamie Arnold and Dan Guest who took Silver in Freestyle, Team NFTO who took Silver in 4-way FS female, and Max Hurd who took Bronze in Speed Skydiving at the 2018 FAI World Parachuting Championships, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Congratulations also to team MicroClim8 who broke the UK National Record in FS 8-way. Results here. Thank you and well done to everyone in our GBR delegation: we're proud of you all.
Good luck to our British delegation who are down under at the 2018 World Parachuting Championships (WPC) in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, which runs until 13 October. The Championships include Speed Skydiving, Artistics, Canopy Formation and Formation Skydiving. Australian Parachute Federation say they plan to deliver the best World Parachuting Championships - ever! Keep an eye on social media for the latest news, the including the event Facebook page as well as the BPA Facebook page with our own page admin direct from the event.
Bedroom reservations at the De Vere Orchard Hotel Nottingham - located adjacent to EMCC, venue for the BPA AGM and BPA Skydive the Expo on Sat 26 Jan 2109 - are now open. Telephone 0115 876 0900 then select option 1, and say the booking is from the British Parachute Association allocation. Applies only to bookings for one or more of the nights of Thu 24, Fri 25 and Sat 26 Jan 2019. BPA bed and breakfast rate, per night: £76.80 double/twin, £64.80 single occupancy. Subject to availability - rooms sell out quickly. See the Expo website for other accommodation options.
Updated 17 May 2012