Our annual presentation evening proved to be a great night - the trophies glittered, the dancefloor was full and the tables groaned under the weight of all the food!
The event was well attended with approximately 300 guests. Swimmers, their families and friends gathered together to celebrate their shared passion.
Firstly, a big thanks to Tracy Kelly and Jo Hall for organising such a wonderful event, and everyone else who worked tirelessly in the background to make it such a success. Martin Groome also deserves a special mention for doing an excellent job as MC for the evening.
The evening got underway with Joshua Hawkey, the winner of the boys nine years and under category and Sue Dewar, the clubs most senior swimmer, presenting a cheque to Mike and Marian O'Neill of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Trust for the Blind for £1000.05 raised during the Chris Hunt Challenge. On the day of the challenge, donations raised £650.05. The total was topped up to £1000.05 by a generous contribution from Jackson Groundworks and we would like to thank Mr Jackson for his generosity.
A warm welcuome was given to Keith Law, who is managing director of Eleven UK. Eleven UK produced the exceptional programmes for this evening and has provided extensive support for the club.
Club Champs Video
We were treated to an amazing and inspirational video of the swimmers at the club championships, which captured the essence of swimming, the inner strength and determination shown by Havant and Waterlooville swimmers to acheive their goals. A big thanks must go to Steve and Liz Faull for putting this together. This video is avaliable to
through the club website (all proceeds to the club) and is really special way to capture a moment in time.
Coaches Cup Award
The coaches cup was awarded to Ben Pope. This special cup is awarded by the coaches for the swimmer who has consistently shown outstanding effort, performance, improvement, attitude, drive and enthusiasm. Also nominated were Holly Jackson, Amber Kendall and Olivia Shaw.
The Jacob Gibbons Cup
The Jacob Gibbons cup is awarded to the most outstanding swimmer of the year based on the club values. The winner was Alaina Ward for her amazing performances.
The Peter Bull Award
This is award celebrates the individual swimmer who has achieved the highest number of points during the clubs Peter Bull Open Meet. The winner of this award with 1793 points is Jasmine Hall.
This trophy was kindly donated by Portsmouth Trophy Centre.
We have had an amazing year, our talent growing stronger and stronger. A fantastic 137 club records have been broken this year. Katie Byrne broke her own 14 year old girls 100m backstroke record an incredible 5 times. A huge well done to Olivia Burden, Katie Byrne, Joe Duffy, Beth Elms, Amber Faull, Jack Ford, Emily Gaizley, Daniel Gilbert, Josh Hawkey, Rory Huggins, Austin-Slade Jeffery, Lauren Johnstone, Jack Kelly, Polly Lorimer, Lucy Peers, Luke Pullen, Matthew Pullen, Will Stanhope and Alaina Ward.
Normally new club captains are appointed this evening, but our current captains will contiue their term of office untill September. We would like to welcome James Faull as new senior boys captain.
We have had an amazingly successful year, being crowned Arena League South Division One West Champions!!!! Well done to everyone who took part, and we look forward to the challenge of the Premier League next season!
We have also had swimmers competing in the Hampshire Schools Relays, winning silver in both freestyle and medley and qualifying for the English Schools Swimming Association finals at the London Aquatic Centre.
A Special Mention
There are many people who volunteer their time and help out at the club, but a special mention and thanks must go to Alice and Liam for supporting the coaches, Sarah and Elizabeth for helping out with founadation, Holly Kelly who is always ready to lend a hand, and Martin Ash who has managed to keep the timing system up and running.
Thanks also to our coaches, Graham Pople, Tom Peddle, Scott Ward, Kay Ford and Paul Linkins. The club couldn't exisit without all of their hard work and dedication.
And lastly to all the support and assistance of the swimmers and the parents in making HWSC special.
HAVANT AND WATERLOOVILLE SWIMMMING CLUB