Louth Dolphins make a splash at annual awards night

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Louth Dolphins Swimming Club have celebrated another fantastic year at their club championship presentation night at Louth Town Hall.

The night had been planned for December but poor weather meant it had to be rearranged for late January instead, and even bad weather on the night didn’t stop two thirds of the members filling the ball room.

Team manager Sarah Richardson and her ‘apprentice’ Matthew Clarke did a stunning job with the logistics involved in organising and recording an event of this magnitude, surrounded of course by the team of coaches, officials and poolside assistants.

This year the club, based at the Meridian Leisure Centre, produced a spectacular 574 personal best times and a staggering 219 county qualifying times.

The evening’s events (organised by Jane and Mark Swaby) of a magnificent hog and turkey roast, puddings, presentations, fantastic raffle, culminating in the popular disco.

Head coach Steve Armstrong opened the evening with a presentation to the recently retired joint head coach Rose Stanhope – Steve’s words brilliantly summarised Rose’s many years of dedication to the club and the fact she will be very much missed.

Chairman Bob Wells thanked head coach Steve Armstrong and his team for their passion and commitment also the tireless committee and everyone involved in the clubs continued progression.

The event was as always sponsored by Bridge McFarland Solicitors, with presentations made by the coaching staff and the Mayor of Louth Jill Makinson-Sanders, Councillor George Horton and Liz Prestwood.

Sarah Richardson and Maxine Bojen made the presentations run like clockwork once again.

The 2012 Club Championships top points winners were:

Harvey Muns (U9 boys), Amy Gilpin (U9 girls), Jay Clarke (boys 10-11), Emma Harrop (girls 10-11), Tom Harrop (boys 12-13), Sofie Schneider (girls 12-13), Will McIntyre (boys 14-15), Emily Patch (girls 14-15), Adam McIntyre (16+ boys), Alex Swaby (16+ girls).