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Have you spotted a British Skydiving Star?

British Skydiving Star is our Award to recognise members who go the extra mile in helping and supporting ‘A’ licence holders and above stay and progress in the sport.  There are many examples of fantastic service within our sport. And we believe it’s time for them to be recognised!

That’s why we’re asking ‘A’ licence holders and above to tell us about great service. Have you received a shining example of customer service at a British Skydiving 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 TAchieve Recognition?

Well, now’s your chance to thank that member in a special way by telling us all how they sparkle! Nominate them as a British Skydiving Star and both they – and you – could be recognised. There’s being helpful and then there’s being super-helpful. In sorting out a problem, giving help you weren’t expecting that made all the difference – that’s what we’re looking for. The member whose customer service shines through, who goes above and beyond the call of duty. The glittering performance that makes all the difference. A British Skydiving Star!

*Closing date to nominate a British Skydiving Star 2021 is Friday 3 December 2021.

2020 Star Award Winners

Richard Cotton of Various DZs

Eleanor Southworth of Various DZs

Jimmy McCarthy of Dunkeswell

2020 Star Award Winners

Richard Cotton of Various DZs

Eleanor Southworth of Various DZs

Jimmy McCarthy of Dunkeswell

Star Awards 2020

British Skydiving Stars 2019

Yolande Lee of Beccles

Simon Peter Soper of Headcorn

British Skydiving Stars 2018

Phil Curtis of Langar

Fleur Jones of Headcorn

Lucy Westgarth of various DZs

British Skydiving Stars 2017

Kate Lindsley of Langar

Clem Quinn of Headcorn

David Sawyer of Dunkeswell

Harry Shanker of Netheravon

British Skydiving Stars 2016

Jack Bradford of Dunkeswell

Roger Hoe of Dunkeswell

Tony Lightfoot of Tilstock

British Skydiving Stars 2015

Andy Guest of Dunkeswell

Chris Shaw of Sibson

Marie-Ann Stevens of London Parachute

British Skydiving Stars 2014

Graham Ablett of Chatteris

Mark Harris of Sibson

Ian ‘Milko’ Hodgkinson of Langar

Martin Hopkins of Langar


    The Small Print

    1. The closing date to nominate a British Skydiving Star 2021 is Friday 3 December 2021.
    2. Both the nominator and nominee must be current British Skydiving members.
    3. To comply with data protection and privacy legislation, if a nomination is judged by British Skydiving to be successful, a British Skydiving Star award will be made only with the consent (opt-in) of the nominee.
    4. Please note that in submitting nomination text (what you write in the nomination box on the nomination form, together with your name and DZ/PTO), you are consenting that this may, subject also to the consent of the nominee, be published by British Skydiving in whole or in part in the event of both (i) a successful nomination as determined by the judges, and (ii) your nominee choosing to accept the offer of a British Skydiving Star Award.
    5. To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be at least an ‘A’ licence holder and the reasons why s/he deserves to be considered for the award of a British Skydiving Star must be set out in no more than 250 words. The nomination must be from the member who actually received the excellent service. The nominee must, at the date of nomination, be an active skydiver. Nominations will only be considered on the official website entry form.
    6. There is a cap of (the first) five nominators per nominee. If a nominee has reached this cap, senders of any sixth and subsequent nominations will be advised accordingly, and their nominations will not be valid. Receipt of nominations will be acknowledged by e-mail, so if you do not receive an acknowledgment, please check with the Competitions & Awards Co-ordinator at British Skydiving HQ that your nomination has been received.
    7. Each eligible nomination will be considered by a panel of judges – the British Skydiving Vice Presidents – who will decide on whether the nominee should be offered the award of a British Skydiving Star. The decision of the judging panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    8. Winners of a British Skydiving Star will be announced on the British Skydiving website before the AGM and recognised at the British Skydiving virtual AGM on Saturday 29 January 2022.


    “Camaraderie and that comfy feeling of being welcome and belonging can make the difference between staying in the sport or leaving.

    The British Skydiving Star nominations are all heartwarming personal stories which, in aggregate, shine a light on the human factors that help to improve retention – essential if our sport is to grow and flourish. Retention rates may be expressed in cold statistics, but these statistics cover stories of humility, friendship and warmth – stories of British Skydiving members who genuinely care about the progression of their brother and sister members.”

    Martin Soulsby, British Skydiving Vice President