We are seeking candidates that meet (or exceed) this criteria:
admirable ethical behavior and strong sense of fair play over an extended period of time and for their outstanding pleasant and gracious comportment at the table.
Any DBAA member may nominate a candidate. Nominations must be received by the SPOTY committee no later than October 1, 2017. You may email or snail mail your nomination to the committee members listed below. DBAA board members, SPOTY committee members and former winners are not eligible. (a list of former winners is on this website, under Member Recognition)
A successful nomination will refer to the criteria highlighted above and will include specific examples. Generally, it should be no more than one page, typed or hand written. You may nominate more than one person and a person may be nominated more than once. Voting will be by the DBAA Board at the scheduled October 14, 2017 meeting.
Please give this outstanding honor your serious attention and send your nominations as soon as possible to any of us:
Roz Howell email@example.com
Janice Ripley firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Brody email@example.com
Snail mail: Roz Howell, PO Box 280, Mansfield, GA 30055
Sportsperson of the Year
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Altanta (DBAA) has established an annual award for the Sportsperson of the Year (SPOTY). This person is honored for their admirable ethical behavior and strong sense of fair play over an extended period of time, and for their outstanding pleasant and gracious comportment at the table.
The award is available to any member of the DBAA regardless of their level of advancement in bridge. Each year the SPOTY will be awarded free plays for all of the DBAA Sectional tournaments in the following calendar year and a certificate so stating. In addition, his/her name will be added to a large plaque to be displayed with all the DBAA honorees. Nominations are accepted from any DBAA member in the early Fall of each year. More information about this procedure is available in the DBAA Policies and Procedures manual and from the current SPOTY Chair, Roz Howell.
All DBAA (Unit 253 members) who were honored with this award while members of Unit 114 have been accepted as Unit 253 honorees. Please know that the criteria for this award was changed in 2016 and no longer reflects service to the Unit or bridge acumen as was previously required.
DBAA SPORTSPERSONS OF THE YEAR
2016 - Bert Ward
2013 - Mike Sheldon
2012 - Priscilla Smith & Ron Torre
2011 - Mike Kovacich
2010 - Josie Mitchell
2009 - Carey Snider
2007 - Claudia Feagin
2001 - Chuck Whidden
2000 - Patty Tucker
1998 - Bob Heller
1996 - Peggy Trosper
1995 - Peggy Hayslip
1990 - Kevin Collins
1989 - Lou Bluhm
1986 - Kathy Whidden
1985 - Sara Medlin
1983 - Jack Feagin
1982 - Dr. Roger Roemmich
1980 - Helen Salomons
1979 - Myldred Kelly
1978 - Steve Willis
1975 - Bob Duval
1974 - Mrs. Frank English
Bert Ward was selected in 2016 for the honor of DBAA Sportsperson of the Year. He was nominated by partners, friends, and opponents. By all accounts he is unfailingly polite to all at the table and away. His great sense of humor and ‘laid back’ style are cited by his admirers. His partners praise his non-judgmental attitude, his integrity and his steadiness at the table. Bert is further described as a strong competitor and always a gentleman.