Swimmers and coaches praised for hard work after Thurso club gala prize-giving
Members of Thurso Amateur Swimming Club at their club gala awards ceremony in the town’s Royal British Legion club.
Thurso Amateur Swimming Club held its annual club gala awards ceremony at the town’s Royal British Legion club.
Every year in December the club holds its long-awaited swimming gala after a round of heats in November and this is the only event on the calendar where all members of the club compete for the various championship trophies.
Nigel Scott, chairman of the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association and father of Olympic and world champion swimmer Duncan Scott, attended the gala final and enjoyed the performance put on by the swimmers. He agreed to present the younger swimmers with their Novice Width and Novice Length certificates.
For the gala prize-giving, club secretary Neil McDonald presented the swimmers with their medals and trophies.
Club President Robbie Campbell later said: “We have enjoyed an excellent turnout of swimmers this year. They put on a great competition with many close-fought competitions throughout the various events.
“The standard of competition is testament to the many hours of hard work that all swimmers and coaches have put in throughout the year and we look forward to seeing all swimmers push for new heights in the coming year.”
Girls – eight years and under, Melhuish Cup: Sorchia Middleyard. Nine Years, JGC Cup: Morven Finlayson. Ten years, Melhuish Cup: Ella Munro. Eleven/12 years, Thurso Town Improvements Association Cup: Kyla Sinclair.
Junior, Transport and General Trade Union Cup: Megan Mackay. Senior, Davidson Trophy: Keira Bain.
Boys – Nine Years, JGC Cup: Owen Jenkins. Ten years, Plummer Rosebowl: Zac Noble. Eleven/12 years, Thurso Town Improvements Association Cup: Nathan Fraser.
Junior, Transport and General Trade Union Cup: Tom Armitage. Senior, Davidson Trophy: Mykhailo Yatsuita.
Junior/senior and open trophies:
Girls – 100m backstroke, Lynn Adam Cup: Keira Bain. 100m breaststroke, K Edmonds Cup: Megan Mackay. 100m butterfly, Powell Cup: Keira Bain. 100m freestyle, Sinclair Cup: Keira Bain. 50m open sprint, Belbin Trophy: Keira Bain.
Boys – 100m backstroke, Lynn Adam Cup: Tom Armitage. 100m breaststroke, K Edmonds Cup: Tom Armitage. 100m butterfly, Robb Cup: Tom Armitage. 100m freestyle, Presidents Cup: Tom Armitage. 50m open sprint, Royal Mail Letters Trophy: Tom Armitage.
Handicap Trophies – Minor Handicap, Park Trophy: Amy Andrews. Junior handicap, girls, David Malcolm Shield: Ava Jay Campbell. Junior handicap, boys, David Malcolm Shield: Nathan Bell. Senior Handicap, St Andrews Cup: Max Armitage.
Swim of the night, Western Seat Cup: Cailen Campbell.
Masters (calculated after age adjustment) – Ladies, Sutherland’s Pharmacy Silver Salver: Emma Lowe. Gentlemen, Sutherland’s Pharmacy Silver Salver: Jason Ridgley.
David Malcolm Trophy (for most points accumulated during the season in North District events) – Girls: Emily MacDougall. Sons: Tom Armitage.
Andy Foster Memorial Trophy (for outstanding commitment, application and attitude over the year) – Overall winner: Jed Armitage. “B” group commended: Phoebe Bain. “C” group commended: Ella Munro. “D” Group Commended: Zac Noble.
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