British Skydiving Awards
To celebrate the successes, achievements, customer service and innovation within our sport, British Skydiving, has a number of special awards to present at its Annual General Meeting.
The annual celebration will feature awards that recognises members across each of the six categories: Jim Crocker Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Sport Skydiving, Mike Forge New Skydiver of the Year, Taz Causer Experienced Skydiver of the Year, Instructor of the Year, Star Awards and the Romero Sports & Leisure and AXA Safety Innovation Award.
The AGM at Skydive the Expo 2022 in Nottingham will play host to the 2021 awards ceremony.
JIM CROCKER AWARD FOR AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SPORT SKYDIVING
The award, kindly donated by Vice President Jim Crocker, recognises an exceptional and sustained contribution to the sport over an extended period of time. It is not made annually, but on an occasional basis.
The award comprises a trophy in the form of a mounted sword that is presented to the recipient, whose name is recorded on the mounting. Recipients do not retain the trophy but receive a certificate to keep.
The Jim Crocker Sword is presented to the recipient at the Royal Aero Club Annual Awards.
MIKE FORGE NEW SKYDIVER OF THE YEAR
The award is named in honour of BPA member Major Michael Lancaster Forge, who was tragically killed on active service in the Falkland Islands conflict on the 6th of June 1982.
Chief or Advanced Instructors nominate the New Skydiver of the Year. The criterion used is that a relatively new skydiver is nominated, who has progressed well during the last year and is also considered to be a valuable member of their Club.
TAZ CAUSER EXPERIENCED SKYDIVER OF THE YEAR
The Taz Causer Experienced Skydiver of the Year Award was generously established by Mrs Hazel Causer, in memory of her daughter, Taz Causer, who tragically lost her life in a skydiving accident in Spain during May 2006.
Taz had been part of four World Record formations in two different disciplines, Formation Skydiving and Canopy Formations, all of which were concurrent World Records, making this a very special achievement for someone with only 850 jumps.
Everyone who knew the bubbly and popular Taz was captivated by her infectious enthusiasm for the sport and her sheer love of life. This spirit lives on in Taz’s “Experienced Skydiver of the Year” award for a British jumper who has achieved something exceptional in the sport during the previous twelve months.
The award that bears her name is not necessarily awarded each year and is reserved to recognise and celebrate exceptional achievements by an individual in the sport.
BRITISH SKYDIVING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
Every year we celebrate the achievements and dedication of an member, who gained an Instructor rating in the previous 12 months, with the Instructor of the Year award.
This prestigious award recognises that the Instructor not only did very well on the Instructor Course, but is also the type of Instructor that Students would be very happy to turn to for advice.
BRITISH SKYDIVING STAR AWARDS
There are many examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it’s time for them to be recognised!
British Skydiving Stars are shining examples of customer service at an affiliated Parachute Training Organisation (PTO) from another British Skydiving member – service above and beyond the norm that goes the extra mile? Service that’s made a real difference by helping you to stay in the sport, to achieve your next goal, or by giving you that all-important extra support just when you needed it most?
Have you received Customer Service that deserves To Achieve Recognition?
ROMERO SPORTS & LEISURE SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD
The Romero Insurance Safety Innovation Award recognises safety initiatives that may be physical or psychological, managerial or mechanical, ergonomic or educational – any kind of initiative that improves safety in sport parachuting.
The challenge is to impress the judging panel, which will comprise experts in sport parachuting safety, occupational safety, and risk management and win £5,000.