Today, officially marks the 90th anniversary of STA and in celebration of Mr Ross Eagle, who is recognised as the actual founder of the Association, we are launching a new Award in his honour, in respect of his pioneering vision and his dogged determination to improve swimming at a time when he faced such opposition.
The STA Ross Eagle Award will be awarded to an individual who has gone above and beyond for swimming during their career – someone who has been determined in their efforts and made a real difference to grassroots swimming, be it in their local community or on a larger scale nationally or internationally.
Any nomination must be backed by the fullest possible details of all work, efforts and contributions carried out by the nominee plus personal details on their career. This award is NOT available to employees of the STA, and STA’s Trustees will choose the finalists, which will be announced in the summer. The shortlisted nominees will then all be invited to STA’s conference, where the winner of the first STA Ross Eagle Award will be announced.
The Henry Pike Memorial Trophy
For our 90th anniversary, STA is also bringing back the coveted Henry Pike Trophy.
In dedication to Henry Pike who played a crucial role in the early days of the Association as Honorary Secretary, this award will be given for outstanding contribution to the STA over the last 12 months. Any nomination must be backed by the fullest possible details of all work, efforts and contributions carried out by the nominee. This award is NOT available to employees of the STA. The winner will be chosen by an independent panel and announced at the conference.
Tower of Strength
STA is also re-introducing The Tower of Strength honour, which is awarded by the President to a person who has supported he / she in the role over the last 12 months. This too will be presented by Ali Beckman at the 2022 conference.