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IGFA Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Award! No matter how small the gesture, the act of sportsmanship is truly a great one. The IGFA – Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award was established by Mrs. Barbara Wolfe in memory of her late husband to honor both his love of sport fishing and passion for ethical behavior on the water. It is awarded annually to a deserving individual nominated by a fishing club or tournament for embodying sporting and ethical behavior.

How do I sign up?

Who is eligible for the Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award?

What will the winner receive?

Why should my tournament or club participate?

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2014 - 2015 Participants

2014 Award Winner Jason Schall

How do I sign up?

Signing your tournament or club up for the Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award couldn’t be easier! You can become a participant before your tournament or club event takes place and have the certificate on hand, ready to present to the winner at your awards ceremony. Didn’t sign up beforehand, but still want to recognize a deserving participant? No problem! You can contact us after the fact and we will send you the certificate right away.

All submissions must be received no later than October 1, 2014. Once your nominee is selected, please submit a short description (75 words or less) of why this person was chosen to receive the award. Mrs. Wolfe and a committee of IGFA staff will select one winner for the overall Award.

Please contact Julia Shafer at jshafer@igfa.org or 954-924-4222 to learn more and sign up today!

Who is eligible for the Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award?

Any individual who demonstrates fair play, sportsmanship and ethical angling practices on the water is eligible to be nominated by a tournament or club. Our 2012 winner, Capt. Loren Monterroso, acted quickly to save a competitor’s hooked blue marlin from circling sharks during the Roatan International Billfish Tournament. The most recent winner, Jason Schall of Charleston, South Carolina, USA was recognized for taking a child fishing during a tournament despite having sustained a severe injury while fishing for bait prior to the event (in addition to his other community and conservation accomplishments).

These are just two examples of the many acts of sportsmanship and goodwill that would qualify a nominee for the Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Nominations can be made for an individual’s specific acts or simply for their embodiment of good sportsmanship throughout the year. We invite you to honor the spirit of ethical angling by nominating your Chester H. Wolfe Award recipient today!

What will the winner receive?

The nominees from each participating event will receive a Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award certificate. The overall winner for 2015 will receive:

  • IGFA Fishing Expedition- One fully paid entry to the 2015 IGFA Fishing Expedition (location to be determined), including airfare, lodging, fishing, meals and more

  • IGFA International Auction & Banquet- One ticket to attend the 31st Annual Auction & Banquet, including round-trip coach airfare for one and a two-night hotel stay in Fort Lauderdale

  • Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Plaque- To be presented at the IGFA International Auction & Banquet

  • Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Perpetual Trophy- A name plate will be added to the perpetual trophy housed in the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

Why should my tournament or club participate?

All participating tournaments and clubs will be listed on IGFA’s website, along with clickable website links. You will be provided with an official certificate (suitable for framing) to present to the selected nominee at your event’s awards ceremony. Participating in the Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award program also encourages good sportsmanship and ethical angling practices during your tournament - that next good deed could win your tournament participants the trip of a lifetime!

Ready to get on board?

Please contact Julia Shafer at jshafer@igfa.org or 954-924-4222 for more information.

 

2014-2015 Participating Tournaments:

1) Nominating Tournament/Club: Laguna Niguel Billfish Club
Location: Laguna Niguel, California, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Robert Chavers
Qualifying Event: Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Date: July 26 – August 2, 2014
Event Contact: Peter Fithian

2) Nominating Tournament/Club: Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Susan Ellis
Qualifying Event:  Robert James Sales S.L.A.M.
Location: Key West, Florida, United States
Date: September 5-7, 2014
Event Contact: Susan Ellis

3) Nominating Tournament/Club: Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Susan Ellis
Qualifying Event: Redbone @ Large F.C.A. Montauk Slam
Location: Long Island, New York, United States
Date: September 24-26, 2014
Event Contact: Susan Ellis

4) Nominating Tournament/Club: Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Susan Ellis
Qualifying Event: Robert James Sales Baybone
Location: Key Largo, Florida, United States
Date: October 10-12, 2014
Event Contact: Susan Ellis

 

5) Nominating Tournament/Club: Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Susan Ellis
Qualifying Event: Robert James Sales Redbone
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Date: November 7-9, 2014
Event Contact: Susan Ellis

6) Nominating Tournament/Club: Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Susan Ellis
Qualifying Event: Redbone @ Large Crocodile Bay Osa Classic
Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Date: March 12-16, 2014
Event Contact: Susan Ellis

7) Nominating Tournament/Club: Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Susan Ellis
Qualifying Event: Redbone @ Large Sunrise/Sunset Celebrity Tarpon Tournament
Location: Islamorada, Florida, United States
Date: April 25-27, 2014
Event Contact: Susan Ellis

8) Nominating Tournament/Club: International Billfish Tournaments
Location: Miami, Florida, United States
Tournament/Club Contact: Rick Alvarez
Qualifying Event: International Capa Cana Billfish Shootout
Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Date: June 4-11, 2014
Event Contact: Rick Alvarez