The Tony Slade Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the person who, in the view of the President of the Class Association, has made a significant contribution to the Class Association in the previous year or years.
Tony Slade was the inaugural Chairman of the Laser 2000 Class Association but became terminally ill during his first year in office. Tony had been central to the creation of the Association and in particular the drafting of the Class Rules and Constitution. Before his death Tony asked his wife Sue to present a memorial trophy to the Association.
Nominations for the recipient of the trophy can be made by any Full member of the Association and the nominee's contribution may be judged either in a single area or across a wide spectrum of involvement in the Association.
Roll of Honour - The Tony Slade Memorial Trophy
The citation for the award of the Tony Slade Memorial Trophy in 2015 reads as follows:
|2002||Russell Eden||Chelmarsh SC|
|2003||Trevor Bradley||Littleton SC|
|2004||John Cox||Chichester YC|
|2005||Andy Baldwin||Grafham Water SC|
|2006||Helen Philips||Cardiff Bay YC|
|2007||John Cox||Chichester YC|
|2008||Tim Hulley||Weir Wood SC|
|2009||Liz Sagues||Dell Quay SC|
|2010||Simon Horsfield||Army Sailing Association|
|2011||Eric Robertson||East Lothian YC|
|2012||The Frogleys||Thorney Island SC|
|2013||Phil Morrison||2000 One Designer|
|2014||James and Jenny Macgregor||Sailing Sec & Secretary|
|2015||Helen Philips||Cardiff Bay YC|
The 2015 winner of the Tony Slade Memorial Trophy is Helen Phillips.
"Helen stepped into the breach as Acting Chairman in 2003 when the current incumbent was unable to fulfil the role due to personal circumstances. At the following AGM in August 2004 she opted for the more demanding role of Treasurer for the Laser 2000 Class Association. She has been a steady hand on the financial tiller ever since.
This has been particularly appreciated during recent years when the membership of the committee has changed relatively rapidly, and having someone with experience of how the Class Association had been and should be run has been invaluable. Her opinion on the difficult questions which have faced the committee over recent years has always been carefully thought out and constructive. She has also been instrumental in safeguarding the future of the Class by ensuring that sufficient funds were being saved in the Class
Association accounts to, for example, buy the mould for manufacturing the 2000, should that have proven necessary.
Having said that, she has always encouraged spending on the membership as a whole, for example, by the upgrading of Millennium Mutterings to full colour, to ensure that members receive value for money. All of the above is done with quiet good humour and efficiency.
Helen and Andrew have been regular fixtures on the travelling circuit, and Helen has provided both formal and informal training for many Class Association members. She is very generous in this respect – even when having sailed up the beat behind someone, she has been known to congratulate them on their speed, and offer the advice that if they kept the boat flatter, they would go even faster!
Helen has been nominated for, and been awarded the Tony Slade trophy previously, in 2006, but in view of her remarkable length of tenure as Class Association Treasurer (and we hope it will continue for many years to come!), and for the reasons outlined above, we feel she is once more thoroughly deserving of the award."