IWA National Awards
Every year the Association invites nominations for its National Awards, to recognise members and other waterway campaigners who have contributed to the Association’s work and made the inland waterways a better. The National Awards are:
The Cyril Styring Trophy: For an IWA member who has, in the opinion of trustees, made an outstanding contribution in furthering the Association’s campaign. This is the Association’s premier award.
The Christopher Power Prize: For a person, society or trust who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway. There is a cash prize associated with this award, which is given to the waterway restoration group associated with the winner, where the winner is a named individual. The aims and objectives of the group must be consistent with IWA’s aims and objectives. The trophy, a carved wooden otter, was presented to the Association by Volvo Penta.
The John Heap Salver: For an IWA member who, in the opinion of the trustees, has made an outstanding contribution to raising funds for the Association. The trophy, a silver salver, was provided by then IWA trustee John Heap (who subsequently became national chairman) and first presented at the Association’s National Rally at Marple on the Peak Forest Canal.
The Vivian Bulkeley Johnson Salt: For the person or organisation who, in the opinion of trustees, upon a recommendation from IWA’s Inland Waterways Freight Group, has made an outstanding contribution to the furtherance of commercial waterways transport in the United Kingdom. The trophy is a hall-marked solid silver salt, presented by Vivian Bulkeley Johnson, a former IWA treasurer from the 1950s and member of the Rothschild banking family, who financed the Willow Wren carrying operation.
[Photo shows Audrey Smith OBE receiving the Cyril Styring Trophy from then national chairman Ivor Caplan in 2018]