June-July 2013 Canpara Article – Written by Joe Ablitt
An Epic Volunteer Journey – Barry McAuley
It was in the seventies and early eighties that Barry began his volunteer career on three fronts: he became Chair of the BC Parachute Council; he obtained a riggers license; and he became a Judge. Little did he know in those early days just how extensive and far reaching a role he would play in the development of our sport.
When Barry became Chair of the BC Council the organization was floundering. Working with a new Executive Board he helped restore the Council in the eyes of the Provincial Government to where it regained its funding and was able, over the next couple decades, to greatly benefit BC jumpers. The benefits included subsidized courses, equipment purchases, competitions, travel grants and Sport BC support and funding. From his position at the center of Council affairs, he carried out numerous other duties. For decades, Barry was the editor, publisher, printer and bottle washer for the Council magazine. As well, he became deeply involved in organizing the BC Summer Games for many years. He was also involved in raising lottery funds for the Council through casino nights.
Barry qualified as a rigger. He became very knowledgeable in the field and in 1984 he was invited onto CSPA’s Technical and Safety Committee. Once on the Committee he remained a member for 30 years serving as Chair for the last 24 having only recently resigned. As Chair of a Committee so central to the well-being of our sport, the duties and work accomplished over such a long tenure are impossible to document. Suffice it to say it was an impressive commitment that included writing manuals and organizing demo ratings, rigging courses and seminars. As well, for many years Barry was the CSPA Rating Administrator for all the COP’s issued.
When Barry started judging it was in this field that his volunteer efforts truly became immense. He worked his way up through the rating system to National status and then earned his FAI rating in 1981. With this experience he became a perennial Judge at our National Championships and numerous US Nationals as well. In 1982 Barry further expanded his duties by becoming CSPA’s Alternate Delegate to the International Parachuting Commission. With this toehold on the international stage, he then proceeded over the next thirty years to juggle a tremendous work load both as an extremely active judge and as an IPC volunteer. Due to his judging prowess and expertise he served on a number of IPC Committees including the IPC Technical and Safety Committee, the IPC Canopy Piloting Committee, the IPC Judges’ Committee and as Deputy Chair of the IPC Canopy Formation Committee. He judged almost continuously internationally from 1986 through 2012.
Barry’s Judge Logbook contains over 50 international competitions. The entries include World Championships, Mondials, World Cups, World Air Games and numerous international Regional and National Championships. He has judged worldwide and performed every judging duty including numerous times as Chief Judge, Event Judge, Chief of Judge Training and International Jury Member. As well, he seems to have been the ‘go to guy’ when it comes to training new International Judges as he has been Chief of Judge Training at least 10 times over the years . The fact that he has been appointed to these responsible judging positions in multiple skydiving disciplines so many times over the years speaks volumes about the level of trust and respect in which he is held by his peers in the International Judging community.
Due to his long service, Barry has received a number of awards over the years. In 1988 he received a CSPA Service Award. In 2004 he received CSPA’s highest honour for service – The Glen R. Masterson Memorial Trophy. Internationally he has received the FAI Paul Tissandier Diploma, an IOC Diploma, the FAI Leonardo da Vinci Diploma and was recently made an honorary lifetime member of the Golden Knights.
CSPA is a volunteer run organization and Barry’s example of service is extraordinary. Few volunteers will ever do such heavy lifting as Barry has. But he is a shining example to all prospective volunteers who might contemplate volunteering for the sport and seeing just where it might take them. The song goes - ‘the wheels on the bus go round n round’ - when Barry got on that ‘volunteer bus’ so many years ago no one could have guessed how far and wide he would travel. I suspect he had no idea himself just how fast he’d make those little wheels go around.
A hell of a ride. And he has also managed to log over 6000 jumps.
A lfe well lived that left a very large wake behind him...
Blue ones, Barry