Laurie Watkins perpetual all over best tryers trophy
This trophy, known colloquially as the "BEST TRYERS TROPHY" is awarded at the Club Class (formerly Sports and Two-Seater) National Championships each year for the pilot judged to be the 'BEST TRYER', irrespective of Class.
It was donated by the Beaufort Gliding Club as a tribute to their late member Laurie Watkins, and first awarded at the 1987/8 season Nationals held at Corowa in January 1988.
Laurie Watkins took up the sport of gliding in his 50's with Beaufort Gliding Club. He became an Instructor and was a stalwart member of that club for about twenty years until his death from natural causes in the mid 1980's. The trophy incorporates a small gilt sailplane model owned by Laurie Watkins.
|1987/8||Finbarr Hart||Beaufort G C||Corowa||7th S & 2Str|
|1988/9||Chris Thorpe||Beaufort G C||Corowa||8th|
|1989/90||David Nugent||Sunraysia G C||Mildura||9th|
|1994/5||A.Furmiston: & M Simpson,||Geelong G.C||Corowa||14th|
|1995/6||Lisa Turner||Kingaroy S.C||Renmark||15th|
|1996/7||Trevor Rim & Mark Goodley||G.C.V||Renmark||16th|
|1997/8||Bill Hatfield||Bundaberg G.C||Temora||17th|
|1998/9||Phillip Ritchie||Adelaide S.C||Temora||18th Cl & Sp.|
|99/2000||Paul Clift||Adelaide S.C.||Gawler||19th|
|2000/1||Eugene Blunt, & John Kohan||Benalla||20th|
|2001/2||Bob Musgrave||Beaufort G C||Temora||21st|
|2006/7||Adam 'Charlie' Ianson||VIC||Benalla||26th|
|2009/10||Not awarded||Lake Keepit||29th|