Life Membership Award
From time to time, the ABSP Committee likes to recognise contributions
that individuals have made to the scene in the UK, or further afield, by
awarding them lifetime membership of the association. Recent recipients of
life membership include Amy Byrne, Laura Finley, John Grayson, Stewart
Holden and Philip Nelkon.
I am pleased to announce that we have a new name to add to this list -
Austin Shin. The committee have decided to award Austin life membership in
recognition of the fact, that he has, in effect become an international
ambassador for British Scrabble. We acknowledge his many achievements
in the game, both here and across the globe which began in childhood
some two decades ago. Aged just 12 years and 4 months in 2002, Austin
remains the youngest ever winner of an A division at a UK rated event,
and this was only the beginnings of his successes.
Austin's unfailing sportsmanship, and the fact he is always a gracious
opponent whether in victory or defeat are other factors the committee
have considered when unanimously deciding to bestow this award. We would
also like to take this opportunity to wish Austin, and his wife Lindsay
every happiness in their new life together and hope to see both over
here for visits as often as possible.
P.S. A list of all Life Members has been added for information here.
Last updated: 9 June 2019