Awards

Over the years the ABF has had a number of members who have distinguished themselves in their support of ballooning. Their contributions have been recognised by the membership with the following awards. As at 28/11/2011

Life Members

Life Membership is awarded to members who have provided exemplary service to the ABF over many years.

  • Phil Hanson (dec)
  • Adrian Clements
  • Len Gedge (dec)
  • Gren Putland
  • Ian Tooth (dec)
  • Simon Fisher
  • Dale Allen

Gedge Trophy

The Gedge Trophy was presented to the ABF by Len Gedge, a long time balloonist, Life Member of the ABF and supporter of ballooning in Australia. It is awarded to a member who has made a considerable contribution to the ABF over a long period.

  • Peter Vizzard 1984
  • Phil Hanson (dec) 1986
  • Felicity Murray (dec) 1988
  • Balloon Association of Victoria 1989 
  • Gren Putland  1990
  • Kay Turnbull 1990
  • Ian Tooth (dec) 1993
  • Danny Galbraith 1997
  • Deidre Blackmore & Kerry Frankel 2004
  • Gary Pask 2005
  • Simon Fisher 2006
  • Phil Kavanagh 2008
  • Don Whitford 2010
  • Sue Robinson 2011

William Dean Award
The William Dean Award is named after William Dean, 19th century pioneer of ballooning in Australia and is presented to individuals or organisations who have made a valuable contribution to Australian ballooning.

The William Dean award is a plaque awarded to and kept by the recipient and carries the following information on the reverse side of the Award

The William Dean Award

The William (Joseph) Dean Award is presented by the Australian Ballooning Federation in recognition of excellence in contributing to the sport of Ballooning. The award is named after Joseph Dean, Australia’s first Aeronaut. On the 1st of February 1858, Joseph Dean made the first Balloon Flight at Cremorne Gardens in Melbourne in the 35,000 cubic foot gas balloon ‘Australasian’ which had been built by Charles Brown. The first flight lasted some 25 minutes and covered a distance of approximately 13km. Australia’s National Ballooning Day is commemorated on the 1st of February each year in recognition of this flight by Joseph Dean.

  • 1987 Phil Kavanagh
  • Mildura International Balloon Fiesta - (Deidre Blackmore, Kerry Frankel & Bill Smart)
  • 2003 Paul Gibbs
  • 2004 Danny Galbraith
  • 2008 Ruth E Wilson
  • 2009 Peter Dutneall
  • 2014 Nicola Scaife
  • 2016 Nicola Scaife

Hall of Fame

As the opportunity presents itself eminent members are inducted into the Hall of Fame and presented with a small memento. These presentations take place at an organised gathering of ABF members. Each Hall of Fame inductee provides a picture and short history of their involvement in the sport of ballooning and the ABF. Past recipients include:

Recipients

Inducted

Len & Elsie Gedge

2002

Ruth Wilson

 

Kay Turnbull

 

Gary Pask

 

Danny Galbraith

 

Peter Drury

 

Dale Allen

 

Phil Kavanagh

 

Judy Lynne

 

Peter Vizzard

 

Will Paul

 

Simon Fisher

 

John Stein

 

Chris Dewhirst

 

Rob Robertson

 

Jenny Houghton

2003

Ian Robinson

2003

Kiff Saunders

 

Adrian Clements

 

Gren Putland

 

Joe Blitz

2006

Barry & Sylvia Bristow - Stagg   

2006

Robert "Bob" Cook

2016

International Awards

ABF members have been nominated and have received awards from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia. The awards are not presented lightly and the members who have been honoured with these awards contributed greatly to the sport of ballooning.

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Awards

  • 1991 Air Sport Medal - Phil Hanson (dec)
  • 1992 Air Sport Medal - C. E. "Wally" Wallington (dec)
  • 2010 Paul Tissandier Award – Robert “ Bob” Cook

Commission International d' Aerostation (FAI Ballooning Commission) Awards

  • 1992 Montgolfier Diploma - Hot Air Chris Dewhirst
  • 1994 Montgolfier Diploma - Rozier Steven Griffin
  • 1995 Montgolfier Diploma - Rozier John Wallington and Dick Smith
  • 1989 First night parachute drop from a balloon - Ruth Wilson

Royal Federation of Aeroclubs of Australia - Oswald Watt Award

  • Chris Dewhirst (For his Mt Everest Flight)

Royal Federation of Aeroclubs of Australia - Des Kelly AM Special Achievement Award

  • John Wallington (For his 2008 Australian Altitude Record flight)

British Royal Aero Club's Award - The Salaman Trophy

  • Chris Dewhirst (For his Mt Everest Flight)
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