Members of Great Yarmouth Swimming Club gathered together on the evening of 1stDecember 2018 to mark another year of swimming success and achievement at their 85thannual presentation evening. The dinner and dance was, for the first time, held at the Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth Town Hall, a stylish setting for an evening of glamorous outfits as opposed to the swimming hats and goggles normally worn by the swimmers. It was a chance for the swimmers and their families and coaches to celebrate the hard work put in by them all throughout the year.
Club Chairman Nigel Utting was delighted to be joined on the top table by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth Councillor Mary Coleman, the President of the Norfolk ASA Mr Darren Peck and Head Coach of GYSC Mr Richard Every. The guests all made thoughtful and relevant speeches that told of their own personal links to swimming and how pleased they were to be able to be a part of such a celebratory evening. Having enjoyed an excellent meal and listened to the speeches, trophies and medals were then presented to the winners that had been earnt at the recent club championships. There was a great atmosphere, with swimmers and families cheering and clapping as the trophies were awarded. Some of the trophies that were handed out have a huge amount of history on them, with names engraved going back to 1931 showing what an honour it is to have your name added. With next year being the club’s 100thanniversary it is important to remember just how many people in the local area have been a part of the club over the years, and what a huge role it has played in many people’s lives.
There were also some trophies awarded that were a surprise to the swimmers, with the service to the club awards going to Ollie Grimmer and Lucy Gordon, the coaches award for attitude and effort in training and competing going to Anna Pearce and Jacob Zandbergen, and shields being presented to the swimmers who had achieved the fastest time in each stroke over 100m in any event throughout the year. Ryan Webb was fastest in 100m back, fly and free and Tommy Chandler in 100m breast, with Kelsey Wilson fastest in 100m free and breast, Jenna Utting in100m fly and Anna Duffield in 100m back. The new club captains and vice captains, recently elected at the AGM, were also presented with their captains’ shirts.
The presentations were followed by a disco, with time for the swimmers to relax with their friends and families. Showing their stamina, gained through long hours of training, they danced till midnight when the evening came to a close.
Huge thanks must go to the social and fundraising committee for all their hard work in organizing the evening, along with the trophy officers who had such an immense task getting all the trophies ready on time.