Kinston upon Hull swimming club held their annual presentation at the Asylum at the University of Hull. The event was held to celebrate the achievements of their swimmers from the 2012 season. Head coach Peter Richardson and assistant Nick Mills were on hand to present the trophies to the winner from each squad.
DERVLA CURRAN – OUTSTANDING ACHIEVMENT
15 year old Dervla Curran has over the last 3 years gone from being unable to achieve her goal of achieving a qualification time to Swim in the National Age Group Swimming Championships in 2010, to achieving 5 National qualification times in 2011′ reaching the final in 100, 200, 400, 800 front crawl and the 400 Individual Medley. In 2012, Dervla maintained her progression and became National Age Group Champion in the 14 year old age category. Her mind-set has changed from ‘ can’t do to CAN DO!
SHANNON McGAHEY – NATIONAL SQUAD
14 year old Shannon McGahey is a perfect example of committing to the sport and maintaining her determination even when things don’t go your way. Shannon always strives to be the Best SHE CAN BE, and her disappointment of not achieving her goal of qualifying for the 2012 National Age Group Championships in 2012 did not deter her from committing fully to her training. Whilst we are now only a short way into the 2013 season, Shannon has achieved 2 National qualification times and 2 British Championship qualification times for 2013. Shannon is a prime example of progressive development and a CAN DO attitude.
JAMES RODMELL – REGIONAL A SQUAD
Senior swimmer James Rodmell is entering his 16th consecutive years of swimming, in 2012 he made the three finals at the Yorkshire championships despite battling through a number of injuries, his first finals in his swimming career. Despite work and other commitments he still commits to training he shows commitment and determination in his galas. He has shown what can be achieved by hard work and determination.
TOM KING – JUNIOR A
Tom King has achieved some fantastic results throughout the 2011/2012 swimming season. Progression in training and the extra focus on technique and skills has resulted in him achieving National Qualifying times in the 100 & 200 Fly and the 400 IM. He also achieved a number of medal placing’s and the Yorkshire County Championships and North East Regional Championships.
LILY HAWKARD – JUNIOR B
Junior B swimmer of the year was Lily Hawkard. Lily made the outstanding achievement this year of gaining her first ever North Eastern Counties qualifying time in the 200m Butterfly event. Without doubt this was one of, if not the most, difficult event that a swimmer can compete in. Lily showed an outstanding work ethic all season, 100% commitment & the right attitude that enabled her to excel at such a high level. She also gained various Yorkshire standard qualifying times on various strokes & distances, proving that Lily is an all-round swimmer.
IYANA PURDY – JUNIOR C
Iyana has made great strides forward this season. Her attitude and focus to skills in training has been noted by all that have coached her resulting in some excellent performances at recent swimming competitions.
KACI HOPE – TADPOLE SQUAD
7 year old Kaci Hope took the award for the girls in the tadpole squad for her achievements at the club galas. Kaci has picked up 5 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze medals over the past 12 months and this is through hard work and dedication in all aspects of training.
EVAN OFFEN – TADPOLE SQUAD
7 year old Evan Offen picked up the swimmer of the year for the boys in the tadpole squad, also for his outstanding performances within the club galas, in the last 12 months Evan has achieved 9 gold medals and 3 silver. Evan trains hard and attends a minimum of 3 sessions a week which has showed in his achievements.
LEWIS KINGDOM – VOLENTEER OF THE YEAR
Parent Lewis Kingdom been largely responsible for raising around £3000 for the club, Lewis came up with the idea of recycling anything metal and turning it into cash for the club. Without people like Lewis and other volunteers the club could not function.
Other awards also went to Christine Craven from the Disability squad, Abigail Ingham from Regional B and the coach of the year award when to Mike Dervey.