Last night in Barcelona, Spain, John TINKER QC (CAN), was presented with the sport's highest honour, the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, in recognition of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.
In presenting the Beppe Croce Trophy to John, ISAF President Paul Henderson, commented, "John is an outstanding man who has given so much to the sport, and the sport is better for his many contributions. I am honoured to present ISAF's highest award of recognition to John."
John?s interest in organised sailing and racing began in 1961 with the British designed Albacore dinghy which had been recently introduced into Canada. He began racing in the class and was asked to join the Executive. He was Secretary of the class during its rapid expansion into one of Canada's premier dinghy classes, becoming Commodore in 1966. Work in the class sparked interest in the Provincial Sailing Association in Ontario which led to a number of years work on the Class Council and in the Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap System.
He moved to the National level becoming first Secretary on the National Executive of the Canadian Yachting Association and the Vice-President - Administration, finally serving as President in 1981-82. Discussions with the now President Paul Henderson about how to keep the Albacore as a family racing dinghy led to an invitation to become a committee member of the IYRU. John became a member of the Constitution Committee under Harry Anderson in 1978 and Chairman in 1990, serving in that post until 2000, and remains a member of the Committee.
During that time he was involved in two major re-organisations of the Federation, the most notable being that approved at Budapest in 1995. Among many other changes this let the Permanent Committee to morph into the Council and a major re-structuring of the committee system. He also had heavy involvement in the final development of the three Codes, Eligibility, Advertising and Anti-Doping. During 1998-2000, John was a member of the Review Board and the Audit Committee, from 2000 he was appointed the Chairman of the Review Board, a member of the Constitution Committee and the Offshore Committee. Along the way he has devoted considerable time to assisting various groups to frame their submissions in a way that would work within the existing Regulations and would have the best chance of obtaining Council's approval.
John practised law in Toronto, specialising in taxation at Blake Cassels & Graydon, a national Canadian firm, and is now a partner emeritus.
The International Sailing Federation's prestigious award, the Beppe Croce Trophy, is presented to an individual who has made a voluntary outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing.
The Federazione Italiana Vela in memory of Beppe Croce, the ISAF President 1969-1986, presented the Trophy to the ISAF. Previous recipients are:
1988 His Majesty King Olav V of Norway
1989 F. Gregg Bemis (USA) / Gerald Sambrooke-Sturgess, OBE (GBR)
1990 Paul Elvstr?m (DEN)
1991 His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain
1992 Olin Stephens II (USA)
1993 Paul J. Phelan (CAN)
1994 Jonathan Janson (GBR)
1995 Otto Schlenzka (GER)
1996 Henry H. Anderson, JR (USA)
1997 Carlo Rolandi (ITA)
1998 Peter Tallberg (FIN)
1999 Mary Pera (GBR)
2000 Livius Sherwood (CAN)
2001 Peter Siemsen (BRA)
2002 Jan Linge (NOR)