Make Your Nomination for the JSA of LIS 2019 Special Awards

Annually the JSA of LIS awards several special trophies that celebrate people who are strong role models among the sailors and instructors at JSA member junior sailing programs.

The JSA special awards are the Brooke Gonzalez, Susie Trotman and Mitchell Weeks trophies, plus a new award for enhancements at a JSA member program.

Please submit your club’s nominations for the 2019 season, using the online survey links below. Nominations may come from sailors, parents and club junior program instructors/leaders.

2017 JSA Special Awardees

Past JSA Special Awardees include: Spencer Kriegstein, Lauren Stewart, Maddie Ploch, Will O’Leary and Will Dumke

Here are some nominating tips for the JSA special awards:
– Ask yourself, “Who stands out in my mind from 2019 in these categories?”
   *Sportsmanlike sailing in C420, Laser Standard or Radial (Weeks award), or
   *Outstanding sailing instruction (Trotman award), or
   *Young woman dedicated to the sport of sailing, with outstanding sailing achievements (Gonzalez award)
– Does a name quickly pop up? Jot it down! Think again for another deserving person in a different category.
– Review your club’s junior program awards list for possible nominees. Ask other committee members and experienced instructors to suggest a candidate for each award.
– Keep in mind your nominee’s behavior over the entire season, not just a single regatta or situation.
– In a brief summary of why you believe your nominee deserves the recognition, please include specific examples showing how they meet the criteria for each award. No supporting letters from other sources are needed; just write what you personally know about your nominee.
– Fill out the online survey forms to submit your nominations by midnight on September 30.

This trophy is awarded to the instructor or coach who has consistently provided outstanding sailing instruction and training. Use this online link for your nomination.

This trophy is awarded to a junior woman who demonstrates sportsmanship, exceptional ethical behavior and dedication to the sport of sailing, and outstanding achievement in sailing competition. Use this online link for your nomination.

This trophy is awarded to junior sailors who are respected for exceptional sportsmanship in the Club 420 (skipper or crew), Laser and Laser Radial classes. These sailors always use good clean racing and skill, no matter if it’s win, lose or draw, and you’re left thinking they are good people to race against. Use this online link for your nomination.

JSA is introducing a new special award during 2019, which will be presented “For a JSA of LIS member program that made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors.”  Self nominations from JSA programs are encouraged. Include description of an enhanced existing program, or a new program feature that delivered a significant benefit to the members of your program. Use this online link for your nomination.

US Sailing Awards:
In addition, US Sailing has its own special awards for individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the sport of sailing. So consider making nominations on the US Sailing website.