One of the important features of the annual meeting of members of the Canadian Motorcycle Association is the announcement of award winners.
The awards are decided by the Board of Directors during their meeting prior to the AGM, and formal presentation to the individuals takes place at an appropriate gathering at a later date. CMA Vice President Hugh Lim was pleased to inform those present of the following honourees.
The Ambassadors Award was established in 1975 and is presented to “an individual who gains exceptional recognition which benefits the CMA, at the international level.” This year’s winner was Holly Ralph of Ancaster, Ont. For the last three years, on her own initiative, Ralph has attended the FIM Rally as the delegate for Canada. She has succeeded in creating a presence for us at the major FIM event for touring and leisure riders, where none existed in the past.
Ralph has attended the last two Women in Motorcycling Conferences hosted by the AMA acting as an ambassador for the CMA. At the second one, which took place this year, she was a workshop presenter who garnered high praise for the quality of her presentation.
The Fulvio Callimaci Supporters Award was established 1975 and renamed in 1994 in honour of the person who embodied the spirit of the award. It goes to “any person or group, who has supported or promoted the CMA and motorcycling in an exceptional way.”
The 2012 recipient is Mike Binkley of Stoney Creek, Ont. The 2012 Dirt Track/Speedway schedule included 14 events, 13 of which were covered by Binkley as the Senior Referee. His exceptional dedication as a CMA official has been known for many years and despite some health issues, his performance this year merits gratitude and recognition.
The White Memorial Trophy, established in 1954, is considered “the Premier Competition Award of the CMA.” It “is awarded annually to the most outstanding performance by a Canadian Expert in winning the #1 Plate, as determined by the Board of Directors.”
This year the award went to Aaron Hesmer of Cambridge, Ont., winner of the #1 Plate, Speedway.
The Bert Irwin Memorial ISDE Award is “awarded to the rider having the best performance at the International Six Days Enduro.” The 2012 recipient is Mark Dzikowski of Calgary.
–From the Canadian Motorcycle Association