West Coast Swimming Club members enjoyed their 2012 / 2013 trophy presentation day at Boston Bay Wines on Sunday 22nd of September. Club members had received generous donations from Woolworths, Bakers Delight, Coles and Port Lincoln Gourmet Meats and were able to host a BBQ buffet lunch, raising $1000 which will be channelled towards future club activities.
A vibrant committee was elected through the AGM process and we welcome returning President Todd George, Vice President Marianne George, Secretary Sally Izzo and Treasurer Bernie Dale. Tracey Dahliz has also agreed to take on the role of club patron. Also elected were a number of other enthusiastic parents who together look forward to fully supporting our headcoach Carol Veldhuyzen and over 100 members who are registered as competitive swimmers with the club.
This year saw the introduction of a new award on behalf of the 2012 / 13 Patron, Mr Rod Patterson. The inaugural winner of the patron's 'Team Spirit' award was Nik Constantinopoulos who Rod noted on many occasions encouraged fellow swimmers as an assistant coach, participated in modified training if injured and was fully compliant with coaching directions.
The club's most prestigious award is the overall 'Club Champion' - given to the swimmer who together with exceptional competition results in local, state and national events, has enthusiastically undertaken all training requirements. This years recipient was Jade Calverley who also received the Eagle Boys Coaches Best and Fairest and was winner of the Girls Championship Trophy section.
The club also celebrated the exceptional efforts of parents and committee members who actively coach swimmers, manage event entries, take annual registrations, update websites, social media and publisize events, sell equipment & uniforms and a myriad of other essential jobs. The club made special mention of the strength in president Todd George's leadership and the overall governance improvements that have been implemented over the past swimming season.
The improvements in personal best performances over 18 months of point score events were awarded. Congratulations to Jamie Ford (145 points) and Harrison Adams (163 points) who made the most significant leaps in personal best times in both their respective age groups and gained the most points overall. Runners up for these awards were Sophie Traeger (135 points) and Henry Nelligan (144 points). Trophies were also presented to swimmers who accumulated the highest number of open carnival points. Swimmers have travelled as far as Roxby Downs, Port Augusta, Gawler and Marion to compete. The highest open carnival female point scorer was Brooke Traeger with an incredible 409 points and male winner was Tommy Ford who finished the season with 206 points. Club championship trophies were given to swimmers who accumulated the most points at championship level. Female recipients were Jade Calverley (169 points), Brooke Traeger (90 points) and Ellie McInerney (61 points). Male recipients were Levi Proude (166 points), Luke Andrews (102 points) and Henry Lambert (46 points).
Full Results, President's Report and Coaches Report are available below. On behalf of the West Coast Swimming Club committee we wish swimmers all the best in their pursuit of personal best swims over the coming 2013 / 2014 season which commences on the 1st of October. The club is looking forward to hosting the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary Schools Championship on Friday November 1st 2013.
Congratulations to Ellie McInerney and Jade Calverley who both represented South Australia at the National School Sport Swimming Championships held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from the 8th - 14th of September 2013. Also competing at the event were Kyle Chalmers (Marion) and Bailey Harriden (Bendigo Hawks) both previous club members. Rising to the challenge of competing against multiclass state age champions from across the country, Ellie set new personal best times in both the 50m (52.27) and 100m (1.55.54) freestyle and was excited to be able to spend time with old friends and welcome new swimmers on to the state team. Jade has made some excellent headway on both her 50m freestyle and breastroke personal bests. A relay swim in 45 seconds was a further improvement on her individual swim at 46.34 for the freestyle. These times have her placed in the top 30 internationally, according to the International Paralympic Committee's ranking system. Jade was thrilled with her 50m breastroke race making a significant improvement to record a 58.82 placing her in the top 10 and with continued progress will see her race at the Australian Multiclass Championships in Sydney in April. Jade is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as part of her selection onto the Paralympic Youth Development Team. The camp takes place over a week long program where Jade is engaged in rigorous fitness testing and daily pool sessions. The swimmers were also given a day off from competition in Adelaide to be able to enjoy the festivities at the Royal Adelaide Show.
Canberra is the place to be with Kyle Chalmers also having been retained after the State Teams Event to participate in the National Youth Camp which concludes on the 28th of September. The talented teenager won three gold and three silver medals at the State Teams Short Course Championships to finish the weekend with the award for the boy’s 14-15 years Swimmer of the Meet. The South Australian sprinter also set two new meet records in the boy’s 14-15 years 100 and 200m freestyle events and will be able to use this week to
work closely with a number of coaches and high performance staff to further develop his racing skills and technique. His 100m freestyle time is now down under the 50 second mark - an incredible achievement.
Author - Sonia Ford
Sonia is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!