CMA Celebrates 70th Anniversary And Honours 2016 Award Winners

CMA Celebrates 70th Anniversary And Honours 2016 Award Winners

Written by  Heather Marshall/ Canadian Motorcycle Association on Saturday, 17 December 2016 08:13

#CMA •(December 16, 2016)- On the occasion of the Annual Meeting held in Hamilton, Ontario on December 11th, the members of the Board of Directors, the CMA members present, and the staff celebrated a milestone 70th anniversary.

Formed in 1946, just after the end of the Second World War, the Canadian Motorcycle Association--host of countless titled events including FIM World Championships, FIM North America Championships, National Championships and Provincial Championships, as well as facilitating thousands of local activities--enters its 8th decade with a renewed dedication to looking after the needs of Canada's motorcyclists.

This responsibility is shared with our partners, the organizers of CMA sanctioned events across the country, to whom we owe the deepest gratitude for sharing our commitment to the sport and leisure riders. The meeting also provided the backdrop for the announcement of the awards and distinctions decided by the Board of Directors.

President, Joseph Godsall announced that, as had been done at our 60th Anniversary in 2006, the Directors are awarding appointments of distinction, this time to two individuals.
David Hewgill, as Honourary President, and Paul Imrie as Honourary Vice President join the ranks of other individuals who have played a prominent role in the life of the CMA. Over the course of 3 decades for David and 5 decades for Paul they have served in many capacities at club, regional and national levels. Vice President Holly Ralph informed the members about the 2016 Annual Awards.

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)

RECIPIENT: MOTO CLUBE DO PORTO OF PORTO, PORTUGAL
When CMA Honourary President John Pineo and his wife Beth were seriously injured in Portugal, they were
in hospital in Portugal for over 5 weeks before being able to return home. During the entire 5+ weeks, members of the club arranged for almost daily visits; took them fruit and pastries, kept in contact with doctors and other staff; took care of laundry needs and accompanied them to the airport to ensure all went well for the return home.
Porto is located 70 km from the hospital.
A remarkable example of exceptional support for their fellow motorcyclists!

BILLY MATTHEWS MEMORIAL TROPHY
(donated by the Matthews family and awarded to the current rider who demonstrates the qualities of good sportsmanship)

RECIPIENT: BRIAN WOJNAROWSKI OF PONTYPOOL, ONTARIO
Formerly an off road competitor and now involved in Trials, an unusual set of circumstances required that CMA ask him to step aside as a candidate for the Trial des Nations Team, even though his application was in order and he was well qualified to be nominated.

Brian agreed immediately and attended the event as a minder for the selected team members. He also emphasized that he had no expectation that his actions would automatically qualify him for a position on the 2017 team.

Sportsmanship at its finest!

COMPETITION AWARDS

BERT IRWIN MEMORIAL ISDE AWARD
Shelby Turner, Barons, Alberta
Shelby is the first woman to receive this award, given to the rider who has the best performance at
the ISDE.

WHITE MEMORIAL TROPHY
Robyn Ham, White City, Saskatchewan
Mini Road Racing

Tino Marin, Calgary, Alberta
Trials

Robyn and Tino share the honours for best performance in winning their respective championships.

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