This annual event was held on September 23rd 2016 at the Town Hall in Marlborough.
It was a really enjoyable social evening when the Club celebrated the success of its swimmers and volunteers during 2016. The hall was packed with the swimmers and their supportive families, all seated around the round tables facing the magnificent display of awards being presented.
During the evening the Club’s Chairman, Mr. Peter Seward, was delighted to announce the name of the Club’s new President – Mrs. Jan Heppenstall – and thank her for her ongoing commitment to the Club. She then helped in the presentation of the trophies to the successful swimmers.
The Club is proud to own 136 cups and shields some of which were donated as long ago as 1958, the year the Club was formed. Some of the names engraved on the trophies tell stories in their own right and current day swimmers are often proud to find names of relatives from an older generation engraved there. The number of trophies is constantly being increased and the club is indebted to the individuals and organisations who have donated, or who sponsor, a trophy.
Most of the awards were presented to swimmers who had competed during the Club Championships held at the end of June. However some awards were given to members who had been recognised for other achievements within the life of the Club.
As well as the presentation of the 136 trophies, swimmers were also presented with a fantastic total of 534 medals (awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places achieved). Certificates recording their success were given to 90 swimmers.
Head Coach Richard Smith was proud to present some special awards to recognize the achievements and progress of Club Members both in and out of the water. This year he chose Grace Burn and Dan Bonser as his Swimmers of the Year. Progress awards for 9years and under went to Georgina Hughes and Charlie Cox and to over 9year olds to Hannah Brown and Max Twining. There is also a special award for Endeavour given each year and this went to Ben Llewelyn. The award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the Club was given to Mrs. Philippa Lines.
The formal part of the evening closed with the announcement of the Club Captains for this coming year – Kitty Kirby and Max Twining. They were presented with their distinctive Club Captain shirts by the Head Coach and received a big round of very well deserved applause.