Pound Sterling (£)


Awarded to "Any lady member who has distinguished herself in either flying or working for microlighting."


2014 Not awarded

2013 Not awarded

2012 Joan Walsh 

Joan Walsh has been a microlight instructor for ten years, and has resisted the temptation to use the most sophisticated aircraft available, preferring to remain true to microlighting’s raison d’ętre - flying at minimum cost. She currently instructs in a Thruster T600N operating out of historic North Weald Aerodrome. Her calm, no-nonsense approach to instruction has proved very effective.

Joan has also been a pioneer in the use of flight simulation techniques to enhance her students’ training. She has a background in IT, and has used this to develop a fully functioning flight simulator emulating her Thruster. While not the first to do so, she has had to develop the software and hardware from scratch, and has gone further than any other microlight instructor in integrating it into her training programme.

And her calm, no-nonsense approach has been very much appreciated on the BMAA governing Council, on which she has served from2007 to 2012, with a short break fromJanuary 2009 toDecember 2009.

Joan has a calm, ordered approach to the analysis of problems, and this has been of huge value in Council meetings when feelings ran high and the debate became emotional. While on Council, she was tasked with dealing with member-to-member complaints, and she was able to deal with these to everybody’s satisfaction. Her experience as a magistrate has also been very helpful in this regard.

Joan has not always enjoyed the best of health, but she has always ensured that her students and her Council responsibilities weren’t left in the lurch.

Never one to look for the limelight, her devoted service to the BMAA leaves microlighting very much in her debt.

Joan Walsh
2011 Sandra REID  Sandra is the chair of Hampshire Microlight Flying Club and also works tirelessly for charity. She has been instrumental in raising many thousands of pounds both for Help for Heroes and Hampsire Air Ambulance. Sandra is a CFI and has brought many women into microlighting, teaching them to fly with great patience. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and she will go out of her way to help and advise.In addition Sandra has completed Fly-UK numerous times and led the club over to France and beyond on a number of very rewarding summer expeditions.
2010  Dawn DEWHURST for her selfless and dedicated contribution to the European Microlight Championships in Sywell, England.

2009 Laura TURNER for achieving a UK and world paramotor record
2008 Not awarded
2007 Jansy KELLY. Pilot of the first deregulated sub115 powered parachute in both the National Competition and the World Championships in China

2006 Not awarded

2005 Not awarded

2004 Not awarded
2003 Dawn DEWHURST for her work at WMC2003.

2002 Not awarded

2001 Not awarded
2000 Anita HOLMES for her achievements as a world championship team member and the help and advice she gives to competition novices.
1999 Eileen HUDSON for her outstanding and continuing services to microlighting in the face of personal and business adversity.
1998 Mary KEEFE and Tricia CARTER for their impressive performance as the first all ladies team in the Round Britain Rally
1997 Paula SMITH for her years of service to microlighting.
1996 Virginia (Jenny) CONCANNON for her work with the Robin Hood club and competitions.
1995 Judy LEDEN for her "Flight for Life" trip to Jordan
1994 Fiona LUCKHURST for her work in teaching disabled pilots to fly

1993 Mary Edith KEEFE of the Northwest club for her outstanding work for the Club and the BMAA

(Awarded for the first time in1993)

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