In 2016 the award was presented to Tim Portas. It was decided to make the award perpetual and at most annual. The award consists of a plaque mounted on a board of red cedar, Toona ciliata. Tim was nominated by Dave Spratt and seconded by Andrew Peters. There was unanimous support for his nomination by the executive committee. The longstanding contribution by Tim to the integration of the WDA-A Section into the international WDA was recognised in the nomination.
During 2013, the WDA Australasian Section executive committee established a new award, to honour a long standing WDA-A member who has made an outstanding contribution to our Section. The award is named the Dave Spratt Award (fondly referred to as “The Spratty Award”) in recognition of one of the founding members of our Section, Dave Spratt. It’s anticipated that this award will only be presented occasionally, and will be reserved to show appreciation for exceptional members who have made a long term commitment to our Section.
It will come as no surprise that the first recipient of the Award was none other than Dave Spratt himself.
On the final morning of the Grampians conference (Oct 2013), Spratty was taken by surprise as conference proceedings were hijacked and the whole WDA-A executive committee, accompanied by Ian Beveridge and David Jessup, announced and presented this new award to him. Ian Beveridge gave a short talk about Spratt’s career and contribution to the WDA-A – some of his words are captured below.