Just over 200 Team Ilkeston swimmers, parents, committee and coaching team gathered together on Friday night at the iPro Stadium in Derby to celebrate the success of our swimmers over the past 12 months. The celebrations were centred around the recent Club Championships in September, and also the recognition of swimmers that had achieved ultimate honours at various stages of the competitive pathway.
There were a total of 346 Club Championship awards which were handed out to the swimmers during the awards ceremony. The coaching team and club committee were pleased to be able to recognise the additional significant achievements throughout last season by way of commending swimmers that had achieved County, Regional and National qualifications. After speaking to a few of the coaches and committee, we believe this is the best total of qualifiers ever in all three categories at once. That took the total number of awards handed out to 384 for those who attended on the evening!
Swimmers that collected their awards on the night were:
County Awards: Alex King, Ashley Hutchinson, Alex Baldwin, Cameron Halliday, Charlie Palmer, Charlotte Mitchell, Dalton Smith, Ethan Hulme, Emma Wilkins, James Wright, Kynan Wong, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Leah Woodhead, Lewis Brown, Lewis Wright, Natasha Barker, Ollie Palmer, Paige Baldwin, Ryan Kirk, Sophie Stone, Tegan Hulme, William Wright, William Foster
Regional Awards: Charlie Palmer, Kynan Wong, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Lewis Brown, Lewis Wright, William Foster, William Wright
National Award: Charlie Palmer
A special award for commitment, dedication and for achieving 15 years as a member of the Club was awarded to Shaney Bunce. Shaney is a pleasure to have at Ilkeston Swimming Club, always smiling and has a positive attitude towards her training always giving her very best. A perfect role model for all club swimmers! As a mark of her achievement the committee and coaching team were pleased to be able to award her with an Ilkeston Hoodie and Club Bag. Well done Shaney!
Finally, a big thank you to Kyle our Events Organiser who spent a lot of time planning and delivering a hugely successful and professional Club Championships & Presentation Awards Evening. The atmosphere was lively, fun and most importantly the team spirit was fantastic. Big thanks go to Roy Reynolds, Dan Sloan, Jake & Kate Beharall, Phil Coe, Elaine Wilkins and Steve Woodhead for their time and hard work with trophies/medals, announcing/presenting the awards, organising the Club shop/raffle, and for taking photographs of the swimmers receiving their awards on the night.
Well done Team Ilkeston – another great moment for the Club!