The British Parachute Association (BPA) Jim Crocker Trophy for an Outstanding Contribution to Sport Parachuting has been awarded jointly to husband and wife Dr John & Debbie Carter.
Dr John Carter has made some 4,000 sport parachute descents since 1973 and has qualified as an instructor, coach, pilot and pilot examiner. A general medical practitioner by profession, Dr Carter has provided his expertise as a volunteer to the BPA since 1990. He responds to around 300 enquiries annually on fitness to parachute, and has made significant contributions to many BPA committees, working parties and training courses. In doing this, he has played a major part in enhancing the safety of the sport.
An accountant by profession, specialising in work with organisations in the voluntary and charitable sector, Debbie Carter has served the BPA in the volunteer capacity of Treasurer for some 20 years. During this time, she has made a significant contribution to the BPA through her sound advice on financial management and systems.