Carol Barrios honoured by ASA East

I’m really proud to report that last Saturday, Carol Barrios was awarded the ASA’s Silver Pin award for services to swimming as a volunteer.  Over the years Carol has played a huge part in the development of Bottisham Swimming Club, as Club Secretary and Club Chair in the past, and now as meets coordinator, official and coach. She is also the Cambridgeshire ASA’s nominated point of contact for issues regarding swimmer welfare.  She was presented with the award at a ceremony in Freckenham in the company of many other esteemed award-winners, including a couple of other ‘friends of the club’: David Robinson of Mildenhall, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award for refereeing and his involvement in the Fenland Leagues for over 20 years, and Chris Bellwood of Newmarket & District Swimming Club, who was also honoured with the silver pin for his support of swimming in the East in a volunteer capacity.

The committee’s heartfelt thanks go to Carol, and also to all our other volunteers: coaches, committee, officials, and gala and poolside helpers. The swimmers can’t swim without the gifts of your time and expertise – thank you!

(Hope these photos come out the right way up this time…)

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Congratulations to our new coaches!

Bottisham SC is proud to announce that we have seven – count ’em! – new qualified swim coaches within the club.  A big well done to senior swimmers Megan Barrios, Sophie Morris, Thomas McCubbin, Pippa Brand and Luke Morris, and grown-ups Alex Bevis and Simon Morris who all qualified last weekend as Level 1 coaches. Respect to you all!  See you poolside!

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Presentation evening – winners and photos!

On 28 February the Club held its annual presentation evening.  Here are the winners:

9 and under male: 1st Ryan, 2nd Alex, 3rd Sam K
9 and under female: 1st Anouk, 2nd Poppy

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11 and under male: 1st Thomas C, 2nd Jacob, 3rd Jack
11 and under female: 1st Faith, 2nd Luna, 3rd Holly W

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13 and under male: 1st Samuel A, 2nd Joel, 3rd= George and Liam
13 and under female: 1st Ella G, 2nd Holly R, 3rd= Ruby and Lizzie

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15 and under male: 1st Josh J, 2nd Jordan, 3rd Kieran
15 and under female: 1st Molly, 2nd= Justine and Mary, 3rd Ellen

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16 and over male: 1st Aedan, 2nd Luke, 3rd Thomas H
16 and over female: 1st Megan B, 2nd Lauren, 3rd Sophie

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We celebrated those who took club records in 2015: Thomas M – 16, Faith – 6, Pippa – 6, Jack – 3, Finn – 2, Molly – 2, Thomas C – 2, Ryan – 2, Samuel A -1, Megan B -1, Luna – 1, Matthew C – 1, Aedan – 1, Ella G – 1, Nicholas – 1.

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Finally, the special awards:

Most improved 11 and under male: Jacob, runner up Jack
Most improved 11 and under female: Luna

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Most improved 13 and under male: Joel
Most improved 13 and under female: Ella G

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Most improved 14 and over male: Kieran, runner up Youri
Most improved 14 and over female: Mary O, runners up Ellen and Bethan

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Club male: Luke
Club female: Megan B, runner up Molly

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Overall performance male: Thomas C, runner up Josh J
Overall performance female: Faith, runner up Pippa.

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Well done to all swimmers, and thanks to everyone for coming along, and particularly to Carol for organising all of the awards and medals.

If you have any suggestions for how to improve our annual presentations evening, please let me know. Onwards to 2016!