Watford Swimming Club
Daplyn Trophy 2013
Christmas certainly came early to The Venue, Borehamwood last night with the annual Daplyn Trophy Gala for Girls and Boys under 14. Everyone who came certainly enjoyed themselves in this exciting but unusual gala, the festive spirit enjoyed by all the teams taking part, not to mention the fantastic dancing during the breaks in the event, even the officials took to the side, dancing!! The gala itself comprised of a 100 Meters IM, 50 meters in all strokes, followed by a freestyle and medley relay. Each team memember allowed to swim only in one individual event and relays.
Watford swimming club entered 2 teams in both the girls and boys competition. Congratulations to the Girls A squad, Abigail Green, Sophie Burns, Ellie Linehan, Tori Pope and Aimee Woodage who narrowly beat off strong completion from Berkhampstead to win the Girls event by a point and retain the trophy they won last year. A special mention to the Watford B girls, Erin O'Mera, Phoebee Elsam, Katie Fitch, Rebecca Saville and Fiona Holmes for some great swimming.
In the boys event Potters Bar held on to their title with Watford A, Piers Watford, Ollie Taverner, Harrison Lees, Marcus Kemp and Daniel Salter coming a respectable third with a much younger team. Watford B who was also made up of some younger swimmers had some fantastic swims, not to mention Callum Woodage’s last leg in the Medlay relay. Well done to the rest of that team, Matthew Redjeb, Ben Green, Stephen Bright and Cameron Clarke for some great swims too.
Congratulations again Girls let’s keep hold of that trophy next year and Boys lets loosen the grip of Potters Bar next year!
Full results to follow shortly.
Christmas presents came early to all our swimmers, as we celebrated a year of superb performances.
With over 150 competitors that competed in the 2013 Club Championships, it was great to see such a huge turnout of family and friends to join in the celebrations of the awards.
Swimmers took pride in receiving certificates from the Championships. Gold, silver & bronze medallists were also honoured for their achievements from across the age group and events. With so many outstanding performances we would like to congratulate all the swimmers that participated. A full lists of achievements is attached.
Special awards over the year were also awarded during the evening to a number of swimmers for their individual recognition of achievements. Claire Houchin, also picked up The Club Person Of The Year award, a worthy winner for her outstanding contribution to the club with her exceptional commitment in delivering our School of Swimming Programme. Many congratulations Claire we are very lucky to have you!
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that participated at the WSC Middle Distance & Sprints Open Meet that was hosted at Woodside on Sunday 24th November.
Year on year the support for the meet is overwhelming with a full capacity of swimmers competing the full schedule of events. Thank you to all the visiting coaches, swimmers, parents and of course to our poolside helpers and officials.
Our appreciation is also extended to our announcer on the day Peter Bays, who delivered spectacular commentary throughout the day.
There were plenty of personal best performances across the club's, a full set of results can be viewed here.
We look forward to welcoming you many back to our January Open Meet which is NOW FULL!
The Audentior Awards are held annually by the Mayor and the Chairman of Watford Borough Council is an opportunity for the Council to recognise and celebrate outstanding dedication shown by organisations and individuals in the town.
Many congratulations to Barbara Sargent in recieving the Chairman's Award for Volunteer of the Year Runners Up in recognition for all her hard work and committment to Watford Swimming Club.
Well done to our newly qualified team of officials; Nikki Peccei, Graham Hilsden and Paul Sutton in passing your J1 courses.
Congratulations also to Shirley Burns and Steve Carey in successfully being awarded the Judging Level 2.
We really couldn't run our events without the huge team of volunteers we have. Thank you to all our volunteers whom continually give up your time in one way or another by supporting our Club.
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