Glenn R. Masterson Memorial Trophy

Glenn R. Masterson Memorial Trophy

Initiated by the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association in March of 1979, this trophy is to honour the memory of Glenn R. Masterson who was a pioneer in the sport of parachuting.

This prestigious trophy is awarded to the individual(s) who have performed heroic action(s) or for contributing to the advancement of our sport.

2020 - Doreen West-Gemmell

Over 35 years of service to our sport is a long time and a lot of dedication. Initial endeavours that helped advance the sport included a Rigger rating and assisting in running a Canadian Parachute Manufacturing Business. As well, being the first Canadian manufacturer to successfully obtain a TSO for a harness/container system.

In the 1980s a career in judging started which continues to this day. As a judge, the highest ratings were obtains and service including judging at countless local, provincial, national and international competitions as well as Indoor Skydiving events. The roles of Chief and Event Judge have been fulfilled numerous times over the decades. In addition, local Judge Training Courses were facilitated.

1990 saw the receipt of the Province of Ontario Special Achievement Award for distinguished contribution to amateur sport. In the early 90s the volunteer role was further expanded with membership on various CSPA committees. Service with the CNTC lasted 10 years, and also service as the CSPA Technical Administration person working with Sport Canada funding requirements and athlete assessments for our senior athletes and National Teams lasted for numerous years. In 1999 a CSPA Cathy Johnson Award was received for dedicated service. But that was not the end of the dedication – service continued for the next 20 years as well.

CSPA’s programs operate under the umbrella of the National Coaching Certification Program of Canada. As a member and past Chair of the Competition Development Committee and current Chair of the Long Term Athlete Development Committee, considerable effort was made in helping develop CSPA’s Competition Coach program as a certification pathway under NCCP guidelines. As well, committee work includes the redesign of the LTAD Flight Plan.

In recent years, service has also included membership on CSPAs Judging Committee. Over the decades, miscellaneous volunteer roles were undertaken including, but not limited to, special judging for National records, volunteer support for National Team delegations and organization assistance on local events.

2017 - Barb Davies

Barb had been volunteering for many years. She started as an instructor and local club administrator. She was a fundraiser for the BC Council volunteering with the BC lotteries for the benefit of Skydiving in BC. In the early 80’s she became a member of the BC Council Executive and held a number of positions over the years including being the President. She helped organize local competitions and was a volunteer at the BC Summer Games. Due to her energy and knowledge she became a member of CSPA’s Competition and National Teams Committee. As well, in 1988 she started her training and became a CSPA rated Judge. In 1998 as a result of her steadfast service, she was awarded a CSPA Service Award. Her judging career has continued with her becoming an FAI rated Judge in multiple disciplines and has represented Canada in international competition as a Judge as well as being both Assistant Meet Director and a member of the FAI Jury at World Championships. As well, she has been a Judge Course Conductor and has introduced numerous fledgling judges to the world of judging over the years. In 2013, due to her initiative and devotion to the sport she loves, she was awarded by the FAI the Paul Tissandier Diploma for her service “to the cause of Aviation in general and Sporting Aviation”. She served as CSPA’s Alternate Delegate to the IPC for numerous years. Previous to becoming the Alternate Delegate she attended numerous IPC Annual Meetings as an observer at significant personal expense. After many years serving on the CNTC she became the Committee Chair. She has now served as the Chair over ten years. In addition she has served CSPA’s National Teams as Head of Delegation to a number of World Championships. She had steadfastly pursued her belief in the importance of competition to the health of our Sport and in doing so has built a strong relationship with our skydiving athletes much to the benefit of CSPA. Her service now spans over 35 years. Her workload is ongoing.

2015 - Mario Prévost


2012 - Joe Ablitt

Approximately 35 years of volunteering for the Sport which includes being a past Director of the Association and a past recipient of a CSPA Service Award. Joe has been a member of the Competition and National Teams committee for a number of decades and served for a number of years as its Chair. He currently serves as the Rating Administrator for CSPA's Judge Rating Program. Joe has carried out extensive work on special projects including the documentation of past Nationals scores and the establishment of CSPA's Role of Honour.


2010 - Howard Sommerfield

40 years of service to the Association and its members. Founder of the Carlton University Skydiving Club. Performed many roles benefiting the Sport including instructing, rigging and coaching. Organizer of the Para-ski World Cup held in Ottawa. Served as a Board of Director and Vice President of the Association. For many years he was a member and served as Chair of the Technical and Safety Committee and oversaw the production and upgrade of the PIMs. As a rigger he was active in educating the membership through seminars and articles in Canpara. He served as a Rigger, Rigger Instructor and Rigger Examiner for many years. He worked with the Coaching Working Committee and was a mentor to many.


2007 - Tom Pfeifer

Extensive service to the sport which included being a long-time CWC Chair and committee member responsible for extensive work on the coaching and CoP systems. His volunteer role included extensive coaching and master course conductor work. Apart from being an active instructor he is also a competitor, past National meet Director and jump pilot.


2005 - Richard Bennett

40 plus years of service at the local, provincial, national and international level. Service included: CSPA Director and VP; Head of Delegation for our National Teams; longstanding Treasurer of the BCSPC; CNTC Chair for 20 years; Nat. Meet Director; Int. Judge and WPC Chief Judge; Int. Meet Organizer; member IPC sub-committees and Secretary of the IPC. CSPA IPC Delegate; Recipient of CSPA Service award, Paul Tissandier Diploma; etc.


2004 - Barry McAuley

30 plus years of service at the local, provincial, national and international level. Service included: Chair and Newsletter editor for the BCSPC; Rigger Examiner and Chair of the CSPA TSC; COP processor; IPC Judge including over 30 appearances as Event and Chief Judge at WPC'c and member of numerous IPC sub-committees; CSPA alternate IPC Delegate; Recipient of CSPA Service award, IPC Paul Tissandier Diploma and IOC Diploma etc.


2003 - Tony Mercer

25 plus years of service to the CSPA including being an instructor, Course Conductor and Master Course Conductor. Served on the CWC since its inception and was instrumental in the preparation and writing of numerous training and coach manuals. Volunteered as Head of Delegation for numerous WPC's and helped in organizational matters for the Teams.


2000 - Duncan Grant

SPCO Executive, Instructor, Rigger, Course Conductor, TTSC Coordinator; CSPA Technical Director; coordinated through the Coaching Committee the development of CSPA's coaching programs under the Coaching Association of Canada's National Coaching Certification Program.


1999 - St. Catherine's Parachute Club

Birthplace of sport parachuting in Canada. Oldest Club in CSPA.


1998 - Francois Chevrier

Inventor of the FXC Automatic Opening Device. The system, when introduced, was a significant advance in AOD technology which saved numerous lives.


1992 - Kelvin Brundrett

Awarded posthumously to Kelvin Brundrett for heroic action in an unsuccessful attempt to save the lives of two fellow skydivers when they suffered what proved to be a fatal tandem malfunction.


1985 - Horst Pfaus

Instructor, Rigger and Course Conductor; Jump pilot; Nationals Meet Director; Canpara contributor; Area Safety Coordinator; Safety Seminar Conductor; Chair of the T&S Committee


1979 - Kathy Fox

Long term Director and 1st female President; avid supporter of the advancement of CSPA's relations with Ministry of Transport; Chair of Long Term Planning Committee; National Competition Official; Area Safety Officer; Instructor Examiner, Rigger; instrumental in the affiliation of the FPQ with CSPA and CSPA's inclusion in the National Centre for Sport and Recreation.