Swimming Club welcomes double Olympic medallist
Swimming Club has welcomed Sarah Price, a double Olympian and
Double Commonwealth Gold medallist, to their presentation night.
was delighted to join the club to celebrate their 41st year and
present over 80 event trophies with silver and bronze medals to
swimmers aged from 4 to 53 years.
years main club trophies were presented to Emma Fellows,
Most Improved Swimmer 12/u, Sophie Wills, Most Improved Swimmer
13/o, Josie Hooper, Swimmer of the Year 12/u and Tom Dollery,
Swimmer of the Year 13/o. The overall Swimmer of the Year aeward
went to Alicia Pollard.
June Youle Founders Trophy was awarded to Nathan Clarke and the
Maude Shield awarded to Chris Wood both were to acknowledge their
commitment to the club and volunteering, not just for the club
but in Somerset and the South West region.
Club Captains presented their award to Lauren Treharne for her
dedication to training recognised that she was a great swimmer
Captains also acknowledged the younger swimmers in the club's
'learn to swim' groups and commented that they are the future
of the club.
Chairmans Trophy was awarded to Mark Podbury for his commitment
and effort for the last three years, introducing an additional
swimming night to support swimmers who want to achieve better
times and for encouraging more swimmers to participate in Open
recognised all the swimmers but also all the club volunteers who
make the club function. Swimmers were asked to go and find a volunteer,
parent or grand parent to thank them for supporting them with
their swimming - it created ten minutes of chaos, but was very
new Club Captain and Vice-Captain T Shirts were presented by Bob
Boyd who funded them. They were awarded to this years Captains
Josie Dollery and Nathan Clarke; and to the Vice-Captains Chris
Wood and Issy Baines.
the presentation night Sarah ran a workshop for 30 club swimmers
on the Saturday morning, all swimmers changed and ready on poolside
for 7.30am; the session included an hour and half pool time with
challenges, reminders about drills and how to make small changes
to train smarter.
came the dry side challenges where Sarah concentrated on refining
skills in preparation for galas and other events, visualising,
relaxing, preparing, confidence building and even a new club chant
which will be heard at galas in the future.
prizes were won throughout the morning which delighted all swimmers.
Sarah spent time signing hats and T shirts and talking to the
swimmers about her experience on the World swimming stage, her
highs and her lows, and what kept her going.
swimmers were equally impressed to see Sarahs medals and
finally all posed for some great photos to remember the occasion.
club thank Sarah for the time she spent in Burnham, it has motivated
our swimmers, given them something to think about, and helped
them understand that despite the amount of lengths you swim you
can still be winners with the right attitude, planning and preparation,"
said Kelly Podbury, club spokeswoman.
behalf of Burnham-on-Sea Swimming Club and Sarah Price we would
like to thank and acknowledge all of our swimmers, parents and
grandparents for supporting us this last year."
would also like to thank all the volunteers who make the club
a great place to work, in particular our Young Volunteers who
work hard with us despite the challenges of juggling their work
and school commitments."
you to Hannah Gosling, Holly Baines, Hannah Bray, Nathan Clarke,
Chris Wood, Shaun Wood, Alicia Pollard, Issy Baines, Ellie Wills
and Lewis Crosby."
week before the club ran their annual Club Championship event
at Brean Splash, resulting in 416 individual swims, 90 personal
best times and 137 first time swims in all events.