Marlborough Penguins swimmers and their families packed the Town Hall on Friday September 20th 2019 and enjoyed an evening to celebrate members’ dedication and accomplishment.
The Club Championships held in July provide the Club with its annual opportunity to award a large number of gold, silver and bronze medals as well as the Club’s 136 trophies. These are given to recognise individual swimmers’ achievements.
The Mayor of Marlborough Mr. Mervyn Hall, the Wiltshire County President Mrs. Pauline Livesey and the President of Marlborough Penguins Mrs. Jan Heppenstall presented these awards.
It was also an occasion when Head Coach Richard Smith presented some special awards to various members of the Club. Max Twining and Georgina Hughes were awarded the Swimmers of the Year trophies. The awards for Progress made during the year went to Sophie Butler, Isaac Briers, Sofia Lacy-Hulbert and William Smeeton, whilst Arthur Allen was presented with the shield for Endeavour. Richard took this opportunity to highlight the incredible 60 years of commitment that Mr. Alan Crook has given to the Club and he was presented with the trophy awarded for Outstanding Contribution to the life of the Club. This cup was actually donated 60 years ago.
Penguins’ swimmers have had an extremely successful year, both individually and in team events and the audience was delighted to be told of many of the achievements of the year. However it was also good to hear about the strong competitive spirit that exists within the Masters’ swimmers and a much-coveted trophy was presented to Mike Wootton, as the winner of the annual Masters Push and Glide Competition.