The Tom Waddell Award, symbolised by the Dr Tom Waddell Trophy, focuses attention on the single most important aspect of the Gay Games, that of participation. It is presented every four years in conjunction with the Gay Games.
The following text was first read by Honorary Life Member Gene Dermody at the 2009 FGG Annual Meeting in Cologne, Germany:
The Dr. Tom Waddell Trophy represents the history and legacy of Dr. Tom Waddell, of the Games he founded, and the nearly thirty-year movement (now 36 years) they have launched and nourished.
It is symbolic, a vessel for our spirit, our inspiration, and all of the tears of joy shed by the thousands of participants whose lives have been touched by the power of Gay Games.
We entrust our hosts in Cologne with this Trophy, as we have entrusted them with the legacy of the Games founded by Tom Waddell, confident that they will return this symbol in a few short months, and, more important, return the faith we have shown in them by sharing the flame of the Gay Games with thousands of men and women from around the world.
Qualifications and eligibility
A nominee must:
To be eligible for consideration for the award, a nominee must have been involved with the Federation of Gay Games, a Gay Games host organization, or a sports or culture organization that supports gay/lesbian activities with a direct connection to the Gay Games.
A nominee may not currently be serving as a member of the Federation of Gay Games board or serving on the board, staff, or as a volunteer for the current Gay Games host.
NOTE: The Federation of Gay Games is currently evaluating the nominations for the Tom Waddell Award for 2018. We plan to announce this year's recipients by 30 June 2018, which will be presented in Paris during Gay Games 10 in August. The next nomination cycle for the Tom Waddell Award should begin in early 2022.
History of past winners
The Dr. Tom Waddell Trophy was first awarded in 1990 at Gay Games III, Celebration ’90 in Vancouver.
The following individuals have been nominated for the Tom Waddell Award (winners in bold red):
1990: Bart Hopple, Paul Mart, Brent Nicholson Earle, Rikki Streicher
1994: Deirdre Paul, Rikki Streicher, Robert Weaver
1998: Ruth Gursky, Rick Peterson, Dave Studach
2002 Male: Stuart Borrie, Gene Dermody, Derek Liecty, Jean-Nickolaus Tretter
2002 Female: Susan Kennedy, Gert McMullin
2006 Male: Gary Bath, Derek Liecty, Jerry Lovell, Peter Moews
2006 Female: Lydia La Rivière-Zijdel, Gert McMullin, Rose Mary Mitchell, Jessica Seaton
2010 Male: Gene Dermody, Brent Minor, Brent Nicolson Earle
2010 Female: Connie Kempe-Schaelicke, Sara Waddell Lewinstein, Jessica Seaton
2014 Male: Barry Webb, Gene Dermody, Konstantin Yablotskiy
2014 Female: Lou Englefield, Gert McMullin, Elvina Yuvakaeva
Award winners Ruth Gursky (1998, left) and Paul Mart (1990, right)
2002 Award winners Stuart Borrie (left) and Susan Kennedy (right)
Past 2006 and 2010 Tom Waddell Award winners (left to right): Sara Waddell Lewinstein, Lydia Zijdel-La Rivière, Brent Nicholson Earle, and Derek Liecty (Photo by Marc Namark)
2014 Award winners Elvina Yuvakaeva (left) and Gene Dermody (right)