Thanks to everyone who joined us for the YOS End of Summer Party. We had a great time and it is definitely something we will be doing again. Extra thanks go to Paul Powell for his delicious curries and Leon Fryer for his excellent chilli as well as the many bakers who brought cakes and goodies for dessert. For those of you who couldn’t join us on the night, here is a full list of the award winners and shortlists:
SYS Aquathon – Long Distance – Matt Horsfield
SYS Aquathon Short Distance – Robyn Dyson
Highest Number of Swims – Simon Stoker (41 Swims)
We went through our logs of all the swim sessions we have run so far in 2015 and (excluding committee members who are mostly there for every session) these were the most frequent swimmers of 2015.
Simon Stoker – 41
Paul Powell – 32
Kevin Cronshaw – 29
Martyn Leadbeater – 29
Tony Ditchburn – 27
YOS Most Improved Male Swimmer 2015 – Paul Powell
Shortlist: Richard Dawson, Ian Rookes and Paul Woodcock.
YOS Most Improved Female Swimmer 2015 – Marie Leedham
Shortlist: Izzy Fisher
YOS Most Improved Junior Swimmer 2015 – Robyn Dyson
Robyn has been an excellent member of the YOS club this year. Challenging some of the adult members, winning the short distance Aquathon and continually increasing in her confidence and determination. We are extremely proud of Robyn’s achievements this year and the club has also sponsored her to attend the Mark Foster Swim Camp at Ponds Forge, Sheffield later this month.
YOS Polar Bear Award – Sally Buck
Shortlist: Michelle Millard
YOS Greatest Fancy Dress Costume – Simon Stoker
Simon has entertained us with various fancy dress costumes since he joined YOS including turning up for a swim dressed as a Guerrilla and Spongebob Pants.
Shortlist: Martyn Leadbeater (for his lovely pink golf trousers)
YOS Most Excuses for Not Getting in the Water – Leon Fryer
There could only be one winner for this award. Despite his protests that he has swam the channel twice this year, this award is for the range and creativity of excuses given for not getting in the water at Harthill.
Dan is not a swimmer yet he turns up regularly to man the safety boat and make sure that we all have a safe and happy swim. He shows true dedication to the club and we are so grateful so have him on the team.
YOS Volunteer of the Year 2015 – Sally Buck
Despite an injury meaning she could not swim for many weeks throughout this summer, Sally has continually turned up every week to volunteer on entry /exit, helping and advising swimmers and making sure everyone is safe.
Wendy is a true star and has had many achievements this year including coming third in the BLDSA Two Way Windermere Championships.
YOS Top Male Swimmer 2015 – Billy Atha
If you are on Facebook you can’t miss ‘Billy and Kate’s Effort‘ which has seen him and his wife Kate achieve a number of challenges throughout the year and raise lots of money for charity.
Shortlist: Cerys Thomas
We’ve got many members who consistently provide beautiful cakes at almost every swim. We’ve raised loads of money for several charities this year as well as extra funds for the club which all helps to pay for things like these awards. A Massive Thank You to everyone who has baked cakes, buns, muffins, cookies, flapjack, biscuits and more this year. The cake that topped it for Marie this year was her Ferrero Rocher Cake (it happens to be someone’s favourite on the committee!)
Shortlist: Michelle Millard, Sarah Powell, Issy Fisher, Jay Stocks, Caroline Beattie
YOS King of Shivers: Roger Walters
Shortlist: Simon Stoker, Cery Thomas, Phil Leedham
YOS Queen of Shivers: Carolina Manrique
No shortlist needed on this one. Carolina is definitely our queen of shivers for this Summer season.
YOS Comment of the Year – Leon Fryer
Yes, I’ll do a Triathlon next year.
Shortlist: “Where’s the finish?”, “Yes the fish are in there!” and “I’ll tell you how to swim faster if you eat my special porridge”
YOS Conqueror of the Year: Martyn Leadbeater
We all know that open water swimming can be daunting but this award goes to Martyn for his extreme determination to succeed throughout his time as a YOS member. He is an inspiration to us all.