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The Sportavia Trophy

The Sportavia Trophy

DECENTRALISED CROSS-COUNTRY EVENT

The Sportavia Soaring Centre saw a need for a new trophy for use in the Decentralised Competitions and in 1990 donated this perpetual trophy.

Whereas the Australian Gliding Trophy (QV) is awarded to the pilot gaining the highest points score in either League 1 or League 2 , the 'SPORTAVIA TROPHY' is awarded to the pilots gaining the highest points score in 'the other' league. Hence it switches between the two leagues. However, in practice, it more often goes to League 2, just as the 'AG Trophy' more often goes to League 1.

In 1999 the DCE Convenor recommended that the Sportavia Trophy be awarded to the ‘Runner-Up’ on points score, irrespective of the League. This was accepted by the Sports Committee and ratified at the Annual Council Meeting.

Early in 2001 the Bathurst Soaring Club donated two new trophies, the Bathurst Soaring Club Trophy and the NSWGA Shield, to be awarded to the winners of League I and League II respectively

The Australian Gliding Trophy

The Australian Gliding Trophy

DECENTRALISED CROSS-COUNTRY EVENT

The committee of "Australian Gliding " magazine gave this trophy to GFA in 1970 "for use at the Nationals"as there always seemed to be a shortage of a trophy which could be awarded to a pilot for some good reason. The first dedication, until 1974, was to the Sports Class Champion. From 1975 until 1978 it was awarded simply "for outstanding performance"

By 1979 the Decentralised Competitions became well organised and required trophies so the GFA Council, on the recommendation of the Sports Committee, reallocated the trophy so that it was awarded to the pilot with the highest points score in the Decentralised Competitions irrespective of the class of glider being flown. This policy resulted in the Australian Gliding Trophy switching between the classes, depending upon where the highest points score is gained.

At that stage the D.C.C. was scored in 'Classes', by glider classification
The first winner, in the 1979/80 season was K.Wellington of Bathurst in a Nimbus, Open class.
In the 1980/81 season the winner was Ingo Renner in a Nimbus 2, Open class.
In the 1981/2 season Bruce Tuncks lead the overall points in his Mosquito, 15m class.
In the 1982/3 season it was back to Ingo Renner , this time in a Nimbus 3, Open class.

From 1983 the Decentralised Competitions were reorganised into Leagues. [Refer folio 3A/7]

[ In 1990 the need for another trophy, for the winner of whichever turned out to be 'the other' League, was recognised and the 'Sportavia Trophy' was introduced Q.V. ]

The State of Origin plate

Junior State Teams Contest

State of Origin plateA simple silver-plated platter with the JoeyGlide logo engraved centrally and with the words ‘THE STATE OF ORIGIN PLATE’ around the logo.

And in smaller lettering ‘Donated by the GFA’ and beneath the logo
‘Australian Junior Gliding Championships

It is to be awarded to the Junior State Team, the members of which are declared prior to Day 1, which achieves the highest aggregate score.

Season
Pilot Names
State
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Heath L'Estrange, David McMannus, 
Andrew Maddocks, Nicholas Maddocks
Qld Leeton 2
2006/7 Adam Wooley, Andrew Maddocks, Nick Maddocks Qld Leeton 3

The Schempp-Hirth trophy

Citizenship and Airmanship

Schempp-Hirth trophyTo be awarded to the pilot judged by his/her fellow contestants as having displayed the best citizenship/airmanship during the contest.

The trophy was donated by Chris Kiehn of Fibremites, the Australian agent for Schempp-Hirth

Season
Name
Aircraft
State
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Caleb White   Victoria Leeton 2
2006/7 Lukew Tiller Std Libelle NZ Leeton 3

The Schempp-Hirth trophy

Citizenship and Airmanship

Schempp-Hirth trophyTo be awarded to the pilot judged by his/her fellow contestants as having displayed the best citizenship/airmanship during the contest.

The trophy was donated by Chris Kiehn of Fibremites, the Australian agent for Schempp-Hirth

Season
Name
Aircraft
State
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Caleb White   Victoria Leeton 2
2006/7 Lukew Tiller Std Libelle NZ Leeton 3

The Maurie Bradney Junior Champion Trophy

Maurie Bradney Junior Champion Trophy

The Australian National Junior Championship
was inaugurated in 2004.

A group of enthusiastic young pilots in Queensland and elsewhere were instrumental in establishing this new category of Championships, seeking and obtaining GFA approval. The first such Championship was held at temora, NSW from 5th to 11th December 2004. It was a successful venture and augurs well for the future.

A new GFA Trophy (1 of 2) was crafted by Mark and Marchiko Stanley of Waikerie Gliding Club and donated by Ann Woolf, in memory of Maurie Bradney, GFA Honorary Life Member, CFI and Manager of Waikerie Gliding Club for much of the last three decades of the 20th century and National coach until just before he died, in August 2002, from Motor Neurone Disease.

The first Junior Champion was Adam Woolley of Queensland.

[A similarly styled Maurie Bradney Trophy, for the best placing within the first 15 places was also donated by Ann Woolf, for contest at the Club Class Nationals each year.]

SEASON WINNER STATE VENUE Club Class Contest
2004/5 Adam Woolley Qld Temora 1st
2005/6 David McManus Qld Leeton 2nd
2006/7 James Dutschke  - Astir 77CS SA Leeton 3rd  
         

The Junior Trans-Tasman trophy

Australia versus New Zealand

The Junior Trans Tasman TrophyThis trophy comprises a simple plate glass frameless panel with an irregular five sided top standing vertically on a polished hardwood rectangular plinth with rounded ends.

At the top the glass is abraded with an outline map of Australia and New Zealand, the words ‘The Junior Trans-Tasman Trophy’ across the map, a sailplane above and ‘Donated by the GFA’ beneath. The lower part has dividing lines, one horizontal about half way down the panel, and one vertical division below. It appears that the names are to be engraved directly on to the glass in the two columns so formed

The trophy is for contest between a pre-nominated pilot from each country during the Junior Nationals. Possibly alternating year venues are intended as in the case of the W.A. Iggulden Tasman Trophy (not a hard and fast rule)

Season
Winning Pilot vs opponent
Winning
Nation
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Heath L'Estrange vs Dane Dickinson Australia Leeton 2
2006/7 Colin Stauss vs Luke Tiller Australia Leeton 3

The Joey Cup

Awarded on a 'weight for age' formula

Joey CupThe Joey Cup, instituted at the 2004/5 Junior Nationals at Leeton, awarded to a person following the application of a ‘weight for age’ type formula, taking the pilot’s results and flying hours into account. The organisers failed to promulgate this at the time, it became known after the following championships in December 2005

It was donated by Al Sim of ‘GoSoaring.com.au.

Season
Name
Aircraft
State
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2004/5 Heath L'Estrange Discus Queensland Temora 1
2005/6 Jade Palmer Discus Sth Australia Leeton 2
2006/7 James Dutstchke Astir 77 CS Sth Australia Leeton 3

The George Lee Trophy

Highest Handicapped Speed

George Lee trophyThe trophy comprises a glass plate standing vertically on a circular polished hardwood plinth. The glass is most attractively abraded with an eagle in approach mode, with a gilded single seat sailplane embossed onto it, It has the JoeyGlide logo in colour at the top and the title ‘The George Lee Trophy’ in black incised script running vertically up the left hand side.

Across the bottom is the inscription
‘For the Highest Handicapped Speed
at the Australian Junior Gliding Championships’
The vertical edge of the polished hardwood plinth has about 18 heart shaped plates for the names of winners.

The trophy was donated by George Lee, a former British Champion now specialising in coaching young pilots in Australia

Season
Pilot
Glider type
State
H'cap
Speed
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Heath L'Estrange Discus A VH-ZBK Qld 103km/h Leeton 2
2006/7 Andrew Maddocks DG909 Qld   Leeton 3

The Catherine Conway cup

Highest placed Female pilot

Catherine Conway CupThis Cup is a traditional ornate two handled silver plated cup mounted upon a square polished timber plinth, which bears a plaque with the JoeyGlide logo and the title “The Catherine Conway Cup”. It is to be awarded to the highest place female pilot at the Australian National Juniors Championship each year.

It was donated by Internode in recognition of the contribution made, and still being made, by Cathy Conway in her role of Sports Coach, a role for which she was personally tutored by the late Maurie Bradney in the months before his death

Season
Name
Aircraft
State
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Sarah Allen   SA Leeton 2
2006/7 Sarah Allen Std Cirrus SA Leeton 3

The Bernard Eckey award

Outright second place pilotBernard Eckey Award

This Trophy, comprises a flat black plaque with a clear plastic overlay engraved with a picture of Bernard Eckey’s own ASH 25 in flight against a cloud backdrop, a ‘JoeyGlide’ logo and the words ‘The Bernard Eckey Award’

Beneath the engraved sailplane is the inscription
‘For the Outright Second Placed Pilot
at the Australian Junior Gliding Championships’
To the left and right are a total of 16 plates for engraving with the names of the winners

The trophy was donated to the Australian Junior National organization by Sports Coach Bernard Eckey of the Balaklava Gliding Club, S.A. for contest at the 2005/6 Junior Nationals held at Leeton in December 2005

Season
Pilot
Glider type
State
Venue
Junior
Nats.
2005/6 Heath L'Estrange Discus A VH-ZBK Qld Leeton 2
2006/7 Todd Sandercock LS3 SA Leeton 3