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Colin Mcleod Award

2013 AWARD WINNER - DR JOHN BEVAN

'For Diving History'

Colin Mcleod 1COLIN McLEOD AWARD

Colin McLeod was a founding father of the sport of sub-aqua diving in the United Kingdom. In the post war period he was a Director of the sports equipment supplier Lillywhites and during this time imported fins and other equipment to support an infant sport. He was a co founder of the BSAC, being the first Vice-Chairman from 1953 to 1957 and club Chairman from 1961 to 1963. He was made a vice President in 1965 and was an Honorary Life-member.

Colin McLeod was particularly active internationally; he participated on the CMAS committee in various roles from the 1960s to his death in 1985. He chaired the organising committee for the both first (September 1962) and second (October 1973) World Congress on diving hosted by the BSAC.

It was announced at the 1986 BSAC AGM that an award was to be established in his memory for "Furthering international co-operation in diving”, the first award being made in 1987. The award is administered by the Jubilee Trust on behalf of the BSAC.

In deciding on a recipient for the award, the Trustees are looking for someone who is normally a UK diver or diving researcher, has been active in diving for many years and is well known and respected internationally.

Colin McLeod 2Previous recipients of the award  are:

1987 Robert Palmer Cave Diving
1988 Ray Sutcliffe Documentary Film
1989 Bruce Lyons Holiday Diving
1990 Dr. Val Hempleman Science
1991 Dr. Tom Hennessy Decompression
1992 Mensun Bound Archaeology
1993 Prof. Paul Ryan Science CMAS
1994 Jonathan Adams Archaeology
1995 Dr. Maurice Cross Medicine
1996 Reg Vallintine Recreational Diving
1997 Dr. Alisdair Edwards Biology Conservation
1998 Prof. David Elliott Diving Medicine
1999 Alan Bax Training
2000 Sir John Rawlings Underwater Medicine
2001 Dr. David Bellamy Conservation
2002 Peter Scoones Documentary Film
2003 Dr. Nic Flemming Oceanography and Archaeology
2004 Peter Ormerod Training
2005 Dr. Honor Frost Archaeology
2006 Dr. R.W. Hamilton Decompression
2007 Bernard Eaton Conferences, Publications and Exhibitions
2008 Margaret Rule Archaeology
2009 Kendal McDonald Publications
2010 Dr Peter Wilmshurst Underwater Medicine
2011 Dr Peter Bennett Diving Physiology and Safety
2012 Dr Martyn Sayer Scientific diving physiology
2013 Dr John Bevan Diving history