Tam Sneddon Memorial Trophy





The Tam Sneddon Memorial Trophy was inaugurated shortly after Tam died in 1976. Tam was a long standing and very active member of Clydebank Sub Aqua Club, holding the post of Treasurer for very many years. Tam took his job very seriously and made sure that the Club had a firm financial footing.


He very sadly and suddenly died as he was about to enter the water to enjoy his favourite sport of Scuba Diving.


The Branch decided to honour the name of Tam Sneddon by awarding a Trophy to the member of the Branch who had done the most to promote and encourage scuba diving in Clydebank Sub Aqua Club in the preceding year.


The Winners are:


1977                       Jim Cummings

1978                       Colin Watson

1979                       Gordon Downie

1980                       E.A.Smith

1981                       Jack Morrison

1982                       David Bickerstaff

1984                       Mark Don

1985                       Anne Downie

1986                       Bernie McIlvenny

1987                       Adam Curtis

1988                       Irene Smith

1989                       Jim Montgomery

1990                       William Currie

1991                       Jim Hoggan

1992                       Ronnie Scaglione

1995                       Gordon Downie

1996                       Kevin Miller

1997                       Joe McInally  

1998                       Alan Hubbard

1999                       Brian Tierney

2000                       George Kinniburgh                                                  

2001                       Jack Morrison

2002                       Michelle Morgan

2003                       David Mandelson

2004                       Graeme Hollinsworth

2005                       Debbie Girvan

2006                       Iain Kennedy

2007                       Catherine Kenny

2008                       Joe McInally

2009                       Keith Waugh
2010                       Thomas Burke
2011                       Brian Tierney

12                       Michelle & John Morgan
2013                       Andrew Sinclair

2014                       Gordon Anderson

2015                       Joe McInally

2016                   Craig Ralston
2017                       David Richford



Tam Sneddon Award 2017
by Keith Waugh

Early in 2016 the 3 phase electricity supply cable, which runs under the car park, with its newly laid tarmac failed!!! This was a major blow to Clydebank Sub Aqua Club, as it meant we could not fill our diving cylinders from our electric compressor. After initial investigations by the committee, David Richford volunteered to take on the unenviable task of consulting and co-ordinating with the West Dunbartonshire Council to effect repairs. To cut a long story short, after numerous phone calls, discussions and day time site investigations between David and various Council officials and technical staff, a narrow trench was dug across the new tarmac and a new cable laid. Within around 3 months of the fault occurring we were up and running again with our compressor. Thanks to David for his sterling efforts on the resolution of the problem.
David has also been instrumental throughout the year in transporting the branch training equipment, namely cylinders, weight belts, BCD's and demand valves, back and forth between the pool and our equipment rooms. He has also been of considerable help in equipping trainees and getting them organised for their training sessions with the instructors.
For these reasons it was felt that David Richford was well deserving of the Tam Sneddon Award 2017.

Tam Sneddon Award 2016

By John Morgan

Craig Ralston has been around the club for a while now, those of us who know him well may say too long. Our older club members will remember Craig as a fresh faced schoolboy while our newer members will be amazed that Craig was ever fresh faced.

Tam_Sneddon_trophy_Craig_RalstonIn the last couple of years Craig has got more involved with the running of the club, becoming the secretary in 2015. But in the last year as well as having his role on the committee Craig has been a great asset to the club. He was involved in the actual buying of the new compressor and he did a lot of work in ensuring that we bought the compressor that best fits our needs as an amateur dive club. Once the compressor was delivered Craig was one of the members who helped get it installed ready for our use. He was also responsible for disposing of our old compressor again to our benefit.

In addition Craig has also furthered his owe diving skills by training and qualifying as a Branch Instructor. While still training as a BI Craig was heavily involved in all aspects of diver training. Since qualifying he has conducted lectures, as well as pool and open water training, often making arrangements on his own initiative. He has greatly helped the club progress in the last year.

For these reasons Craig was awarded the Tam Sneddon trophy for 2016.




The Tam Sneddon Trophy winner for 2015 is Joe McInally.

In the past year Joe has worked tirelessly to improve the facilities in the Club premises. He has constructed a working area for the new compressor which can be heat insulted from the worse excesses of the scottish weather. He has also supervised renovation work on the building and worked generally on the infrastructure. On the diving front, Joe has completed his 1st Class Diver award, the highest diving award in the Scottish Sub Aqua Club. For a good number of years he has been keeping all the branch owned equipment, including the club RHIB and engine, in good order for the benefit of branch members.


Tam Sneddon Award 2014 goes to Gordon Anderson

GordonTamSneddon_1bGordon has been the Chairman at Clydebank Branch for a number of years. His quiet, efficient manner has always been an asset to the smooth running of the committee. Whenever there is a less glamorous task to deal with, such as the asbestos survey for our premises, communicating with the other tenants of our shared premises or meeting with the pool authorities, Gordon gets on with it, quietly and diplomatically. Less glamorous-yes, but vitally important for the running and existence of our club!! In the last year he also organised a very successful diving expedition to the Western Isles & St Kilda. This trip was very much enjoyed by Clydebank members and friends. Gordon was also 50% of the 2 man team tasked to prepare a Grant Application for our new compressor. His primary role was liaising with, and arranging meetings with our local Council and the Awards4All committee. He also contributed to the content of the actual Grant application and completed the post Grant administration. We are now the proud owners of a very impressive compressor. A committee is often only as good as its Chairman, Gordon too, has done us proud!






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