CPA cracks down on no-show Silver Medal entrants
In an extraordinary move, Scotland’s Competing Pipers Association is asking the more than 30 pipers who didn’t show up for the Silver Medal competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting this year to cough up £30 to cover the losses that each competition endured after hiring additional judges to accommodate a new heats/final format.
The CPA also asks each delinquent competitor to include a letter of apology with their payment, which is to be channeled through the association.
In the case of the Northern Meeting, the letter to competitors from CPA President Robert Gray stated, “In the end, an astonishing 20 players did not attend, having been graded and considered as eligible earlier in the year. Out of 46 expected players, 26 played.”
The Silver Medal events have typically been capped at 25 or 30 pipers, depending on the event, with at least 20 competitors either left out or, in the last several years, having to go through a qualifier competition a week before.
The CPA also inferred in its letter to competitors that a no-show piper’s record and consideration for future years might be impacted: “The effect on the track record, of individual pipers who withdrew, is hard to gauge at this time. However the fact that you withdrew, may be taken into consideration by the Grading and Eligibility Committees who meet over the winter, to decide on the 2013 players at this contest.
“We acknowledge that there will always be the potential for last minute exonerating circumstances, but this year the sheer volume of short notice cancellations left us no option other than to send a letter to all involved, laying out the facts and potential consequences.”
In the letter specific to pipers who did not show up for the Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal, the CPA said that the competition lost “a sum in excess of £2,000.”
The correspondence added that the actions of the no-show pipers “may reduce the chance of us lobbying for a similar event being staged in future.”