Six of our swimmers and one coach were amongst the Jack Petchey Award winners at an exciting, noisy and action packed event at the Kenneth Moore Theatre last week. Former international athlete Mark Richardson presented the awards.
Our Award winners were as follows:
Joseph was the first member of the Development Squad to qualify for the Essex County Championships, going on to achieve great times in both the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. A real inspiration to others in the Development squad, Joseph shows that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
Shareen‘s award was in recognition of her super positive attitude in all her training sessions. She never complains or moans and is a fantastic role model to the younger swimmers coming up through the squads. Because of this, Shareen is now close to qualifying for her first Regional Championships and has qualified for four more Essex County events than last year. She is a real inspiration.
Dhruv is a really hard working member of the Development Squad.. He is enthusiastic about competing and has improved a lot over the past few months. Due to all this hard work and determination he is very close to qualifying for county championships and he is a great role model for others.
Ellodie has an amazing work ethic. She is always pushing herself to improve and is keen to learn. She takes a real interest in her training, asking questions and putting into practice what she has been told. She is a really great role model for younger swimmers coming up into the squad and her coaches are really proud of her achievements this year.
Manon’s commitment to her training has improved massively this year. She has really starting to believe in herself and is training much harder and consistently. Because of this she has made huge leaps and is beginning to reach her true potential. Her determination and work ethic overall has moved up a gear. She is a true talent and the Jack Petchey award has boosted her confidence and her desire to win.
Megan is a very enthusiastic and motivated member of the Academy squad. She is the only Academy swimmer who trains at both early morning sessions. During these sessions she tries her best to keep up with and a lot of the time overtakes B-squad swimmers. Considering she only learnt to swim this time last year, her improvement has been incredible. With all this hard work and enthusiasm it will be interesting to see where she is with her swimming this time next year.
Last but not least, B Squad Coach Charlie Dentith also received an award.
Those at Kenneth More heard how Charlie has been with the LBRSC since a young age, from learning to swim through to competing at the highest level. Charlie has been an outstanding ambassador not only for the Club, but also for the sport itself, representing the Club & Country at National & International level.
After a period of upheaval for the Club, Charlie came forward & offered his support, giving back what he had been given by the Club. Having swum next to many of our swimmers in the past, he has earned the respect of all & is passionate about developing our future talent.
Well done to all those who were nominated and received their well-deserved awards on the night. We look forward to another strong contingent taking part next year.