David Hewgill of Calgary, AB won the CMA Award of Merit, the association's most prestigious annual award. David Hewgill of Calgary, AB won the CMA Award of Merit, the association's most prestigious annual award. Photo courtesy CMA

Canadian Motorcycle Association presents 2014 awards

Written by  on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:42

On the occasion of the Annual Meeting held in Hamilton, Ontario on December 7th, the CMA Vice President, Holly Ralph, announced the following awards.


The Award of Merit (the association's premier award, given in recognition of exceptional effort or achievement on behalf of the CMA) was presented to David Hewgill of Calgary, Alberta. David is a Life Member of the CMA and was a member of the Board of Directors, serving as President for two terms, as Vice President, and member of the Executive Committee. He holds a national level Referee's Licence valid for all disciplines. When the CMA structure included Regions, he held the post of Alberta Region President for a number of years.

Hewgill has been an organizer and competitor in all off-road activities. His numerous awards and recognitions include:
• Alberta Solicitor General Humanitarian Award in 2003
• Served on the advisory committee to establish the Off-road Eastern Slopes with the Province of Alberta
• Participated in "clean up" of backwoods areas in the spring and fall
• He is a lifetime member of the Calgary Motorcycle Club, serving in various capacities on the executive
and received the club's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004

There were three recipients of the Fulvio Callimaci Supporters Award, named in memory of a special supporter of CMA in Quebec and awarded to a person or group who has supported or promoted the CMA and motorcycling in an exceptional way.

Steve Fracy of Shawnigan Lake, BC was named Chair of the CMA Trials Advisory Committee (TAC) one year ago. He created a group of committee members representing almost all provinces and succeeded in returning the Trials Nationals to Vancouver Island for the first time since the 1980's.

Jen Johnson of Markdale, Ontario was the 2013 Trial des Nations Team Manager and did an excellent job. When there was no applicant for the position in 2014, and in spite of her heavy business responsibilities, she stepped up again. Canada would not have been able to participate in the event without a manager.

Bonnie and Jody Varey of Brantford, Ontario open their farm and provide a BBQ for the Trillium Reliability Run at the CMA Vintage National Rally. They also feature a wonderful display of old bikes.

The White Memorial Trophy, established in 1954, is the premier competition award of the CMA and is awarded annually to the most outstanding National
Champion, as determined by the Board of Directors. The 2014 recipient is Don Taylor, Port Colborne, Ontario. This is the 8th time that Don has been chosen as the winner of the White Memorial Trophy since 2004. His outstanding achievements in winning the No. 1 plate for Dirt Track have made him the record holder among White Trophy Dirt Track honourees, placing him ahead of such champions as Yvon Duhamel, Doug Sehl, Chris Evans, Jonathan Cornwell and John Parker.

The Bert Irwin Memorial ISDE Award winner was Jared Stock of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The 2014 ISDE, held in San Juan, Argentina, offered up brutal conditions of extreme heat and sand dust which cost us half our riders by the end of day three. Stock finished the event with a storming ride at the final special test to finish 10th overall in the E-1 class and secure an 8th overall for our Trophy Team. He is a very good ambassador as well.

-- Courtesy CMA


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