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 2013 season. Head coach Peter Richardson and assistant Nick Mills were on hand to present the trophies to the winner from each squad.
NATALIE MOON – REGIONAL A SQUAD & OUTSTANDING ACHIEVMENT
18 year old Natalie Moon scooped two awards for 2013. She was the Regional A squad swimmer of the year and also won the outstanding achievement award. Natalie won a whole host of medals in the disability Yorkshires, NER and National events. She will be swimming for Great Britain in the European disability games and has been nominated to swim in the World disability games.
SHANNON McGAHEY – NATIONAL SQUAD
Fourteen year old Shannon McGahey had a tremendous year in 2013, a year of hard work that reaped its rewards in the achievement of 4 National Qualification times and 2 British Championship Qualification times. At the Age Group Nationals held at Sheffield Shannon achieved 2 personal best times. Throughout the year, Shannon reached finals at the Yorkshire County Championships and North Eastern County Championships achieving gold, silver and bronze medals. Shannon always attends training, gives of her very best at all times, retains focus and faith even if things don’t go her way in terms of results. Her goals are quite basic, but achievable “to be the best I can be and not to compromise on effort”.
YASMIN BROWN – JUNIOR A
Junior A swimmer of the year was Yasmin Brown. Talent is not always sufficient, you need a mix of belief and hard work. Yasmin was successful in achieving her very first National Time in the 100 frontcrawl and indeed her first British championship qualification time in the 50 frontcrawl. At both these championships, Yasmin improved on her entry times, both great achievements at such intense competitions.
ABIGAIL MALTON – JUNIOR B
Abigail Malton was the winner of the 2013 Junior B award for swimmer of the year. Abigail has shown exceptional commitment and determination throughout the season. Through her efforts Abigail achieved a number of Yorkshire County Qualifying Times with some exceptional performances at swimming competitions, a role model and figure head for the rest of the squad to follow.
MEGAN GRAY – JUNIOR C
The swimmer of the year for the Junior C squad was Megan Gray. Megan has worked unbelievably hard this year to make enormous improvements in all strokes & over all distances.Megan has gone from having 3 Yorkshire county standard times at the beginning of the year to having almost every time that it is possible for a swimmer her age to get by the end of the year. Not only that but she also gained various North East Regional times too. Megan has now made Yorkshire finals & has firmly established herself as one of the top female swimmers in her age group in the entire Yorkshire & North East of the country. This is a phenomenal achievement for any swimmer & can firmly be put down to Megan’s own hard working attitude & commitment to her training. Megan will always give 100% at every training session & at every competition, & more importantly then that she always does it with a smile on her face. It’s an absolute pleasure to have the privilege to coach such a wonderful young person & with the fantastic group of swimmers Megan got to train with, success was always going to be a by product of all the hard work & good surroundings.
CLEMETINE LOVEL – JUNIOR D
Clementine Lovel is the Junior D swimmer of the year because of her natural swimming ability and speed, which gained several winter Yorkshire qualifying times in 2013.
BILLY GREENACRE & AMELIA ROZENBROEK – TADPOLE SQUAD
The 2013 tadpole squad winners were Billy Greenacre & Amelia Rozenbroek. They were chosen based on their performances in the club championships with both swimmers being the top performers in the squad. As a result, both swimmers have now progressed to the next squad.
ANGELA ROSS – VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Volunteer of the year for 2013 was Angela Ross. Angela helps coaches the younger swimmers at the club, and as well as this she is a qualified to officiate at the clubs open meets. The hours she put in to helping the club is appreciated by the club.
PAUL MARRITT – COACH OF THE YEAR
Coach of the year was Paul Marritt who is head coach of one of the younger squads at the club. Paul is quickly becoming a very competent and established coach at the club. He puts countless voluntary hour in on poolside which is a massive help to the club. Other awards went to Susie Pipes from the Disability squad, Megan Gray from Junior C and Jasmine Yorke from Regional B.