Colchester Phoenix Swim Club held their annual AGM and awards evening on 6th May. This was an evening to celebrate the club having an extremely successful year running under a new committee and head coach. This time last year “Phoenix” faced a very uncertain future but due to the hard work of a dedicated committee and a predominantly new committed poolside team lead by Head Coach Julie Jago all of the swimmers have flourished. A lot of hard work has gone into ensuring this club which provides swimming lessons and coaching for swimmers with a wide range of disabilities had a future even the new website had to be started from scratch. James Lacey, the brother of one of the Phoenix swimmers, rose to the task of making sure they had a professional website essential in this modern world to promote their good work.
Collecting awards from all areas of the club were squad swimmers -Mark Holmes award of excellence, best junior female Ellie Challis and male Joseph Guild, squad swimmer of special merit Chloe Scott, the award of commitment Holly Bocking, Achievers cup Helen Thompson, Captains cup Sam Inman and Amelia Edgar. Teaching section swimmers – Katie Yallop achievement in adversity, beginners Jenson Lennard, Improvers George Byford, Endeavour Joe Belcher. The young volunteer award went to Chris Yeung who has been helping swimmers with varying disabilities in the water for the last six years. Presenting the trophies were Sir Bob Russell, Leanne Brace (Swim England Regional development manager), Georgina Corbett and Ashley from McDonald’s and Theresa Higgins Ex-Mayor.
This goes to show that Colchester Phoenix not only has the essential support of volunteers, staff and family members but also from Swim England and the Colchester community. Head Coach Julie Jago said, “we wanted to ensure Phoenix survived but the club has achieved so much more than that this year we have thrived and look forward to many more happy successful years.”