Tim & Joy Shirley Trophy
National Standard Class League II
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.
|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|
|2009/10||Lisa Trotter||Qld||Lake Keepit||29th|