Tim & Joy Shirley Trophy

National Standard Class League II

Tim & Joy Shirley Trophy

Prior to the 1994/5 season FAI Nationals there was no trophy available for the winner of STANDARD CLASS LEAGUE 2. In 1994 Tim & Joy Shirley, who for several years had acted as scorers at the FAI Nationals, recognised the need for a suitable trophy and kindly donated this one which depicts a stylised sailplane of polished aluminium climbing on a spiral “thermal” from a burnt landscape towards a cumulus cloud against a blue glass background.

There were various ways of classifying “League 2” prior to 1993; but in that year a new formula, which takes into account both the handicap of the aircraft and the previous history of the pilot, was introduced. It cannot now be won by a pilot who holds a place in the “Australian Squad”.

In 1993 the new formula resulted in a win for Tom Claffey; but the new trophy had not then been donated.

Tom Claffey won again in the 1994/5 season (the 33rd FAI Nationals at Dalby, Queensland), and thereby became the first winner of the trophy.

After Matt Anglim's win at Narromine in 2001/2 League 2 was discontinued. The trophy was not contested again and in 2005 the original donors, Tim & Joy Shirley (Formally years scorers at various Nationals) decided to recommend that the dedication be changed. They slected 'The highest place female pilot' in the Club Class as a more appropriate use. This was approved by the Sports Department and the change took effect starting with the 25th Club and Sports Class Nationals at Benalla in January 2006.

Season Pilot State Venue Nationals
1994/5 Tom Claffey NSW Dalby 33rd
1995/6 Miles Gore-Brown NSW Gawler 34th
1996/7 Graham Parker SA Horsham 35th
1997/8 Gary Speight Qld Kingaroy 36th
1998/9 Ron Sanders NSW Narromine 37th
1999/2000 Derek Westwood UK Benalla 38th
2000/1 Bruce Campbell Vic Gulgong 39th Multi-Class
2001/2 Matt Anglim Qld Narromine 40th Multi-Class
2002/3 Not contested   Narromine 41st Multi-Class
2003/4 No contest (change to performance basis) NSW Gulgong 42nd
2004/5 No Contest (trophy with T.O.)   Dalby 43rd
  Highest placed female club class      
2005/6 Lisa Trotter QLD Benalla 25th
2006/7 Swaantje Geyer Germany Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Lisa Trotter  Qld  Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Lisa Turner  Qld  Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Lisa Trotter  Qld  Lake Keepit  29th
 2011  Lisa Trotter  Qld  Benalla  30th