Colchester Phoenix Swimming Club’s awards night is a success

Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club held their annual awards evening at Leisure World.

Sixteen prizes were handed out to young swimmers from the learn to swim, improvers’ section, swimmers from the competitive squad, those who had supported the club behind the scenes those who had raised valuable funds.

The awards were presented by Sally Farringdon, from the Colchester Children’s Charity Appeal.

Phoenix are a club for people with disabilities and the prestigious Award of Excellence was awarded to Darren Swash and Sam Whearty.

The Bill Finn Achievement Award, for the best junior female swimmer, went to Ellen Tsang, while the equivalent award for the best junior male swimmer was awarded to Thomas Banes.

The Derek Street Memorial Trophy for the Squad Swimmer of Special Merit was awarded to Amelia Edgar.

There were Phoenix Achievers Awards for best personal achievement to Harold Copleston (beginners’ class) and Oliver Amos (improvers class).

The Peter Wagstaff Endeavour Award was awarded to Will Millgate and the Phoenix Award of Commitment to Kristopher and Gareth Cottee.

Mark Holmes and Millie Smith received the Chris North Achievers Cup.

Colchester Phoenix’s annual fundraising award was presented to Colchester Children’s Charity Appeal.

The Roll of Honour, awarded to the squad captains, was presented to Amelia Edgar and Sam Inman, while the Phoenix Achievement in Adversity Award went to Aidan Bush.

Maggie Hargraves, outgoing founder of the club and club secretary, chose Tim and Helen Rodwell to be the recipients of her Support Behind the Scenes award.

Hargraves said: “After serving Phoenix for the past 24 years, I feel honoured to have been part of the club for all those years as all the past and present club members have been an inspiration to me.”

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