Applications for the 2013 are now closed.
About the Heinke Trophy
The Heinke Trophy is the Club's premier award. It was donated to the BSAC in 1958 by the old established British diving firm of Heinke, which had been making high quality hard-hat diving equipment for many years and had then developed its own special range of diving apparatus.
Although the Company was later taken over by Siebe-Gorman, some of its original products continued to be made and were available from Collins and Chambers.
Heinke always took a pride in quality and service, so it is appropriate that this superb trophy, in the form of a shield with a silver sports diver motif, should be awarded annually to the BSAC Branch judged to have done the most to further the interests of its members and of the BSAC.
It is suggested that Branches prepare and keep yearly records of their activities and achievements using the format of a Heinke Trophy entry. For a year of particularly high
achievement, such records could quickly be brought together to form an entry for the Heinke Trophy Award.
Octopus BSAC scoop Heinke Trophy 2012
Octopus BSAC has been announced as the 2012 winners of BSAC’s prestigious Heinke Trophy award.
Our congratulations go out to the Doncaster-based club and all its members for an excellent winning entry.
Each year, the Heinke Trophy is awarded to the BSAC branch judged to have done the most to further the interests of its members and of BSAC.
Octopus stood out among other applicants for their energy, enthusiasm and range of diving and social activities. A small branch of 21 members, their notable achievements included a very productive partnership with Newscastle University (NUSAC), a successful grant application for club kit and the organisation of their branch nights.
Phil Harrison, Heinke Adjudicator, congratulated Octopus on their achievement:
“Octopus BSAC are worthy winners of the Heinke Trophy 2012. As a small club, they epitomise what BSAC club diving is all about, with their energy and enthusiasm delivering an excellent range of diving and social activities. All at Octopus should be extremely proud of their achievement.
“I would like to encourage all branches to consider entering for 2013 Heinke Award. It is extremely prestigious and of course the prize of £1,000 makes for a powerful combination.”
Diving Officer Helen Charlotte said she was delighted by Octopus’s success;
“Without the enthusiasm of all the Octopus members entering the Heinke would have been an almost impossible task. We hope our win inspires other small branches to see what is achievable with no clubhouse, no boat and all the other advantages of the large branch.
We would also like to take the opportunity to mention the close ties to NUSAC and again it may get other branches to think about offering support to university branches, that have lots of Ocean divers and trainees but are short of dive leaders and instructors. The entire branch is delighted and we hope that this will be the start of bigger and better things for the branch in the future.”
Also commended by the Heinke Trophy panel is Coventry SAC who will now receive a Certificate of Commendation.
The Heinke Trophy 2012 was presented to Octopus at the BSAC Diving Conference, at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday, 27th October.