SWIMMERS, parents, coaches and invited guests gathered for Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club’s annual presentation night.
The evening began with a look back on the year by club president Jennifer Garrity. It was a chance to relive some of the highlights such as the mini league final, the British championships and the many new West District records achieved.
Inverclyde Provost Martin Brennan gave an entertaining and touching speech paying tribute to the many volunteers who keep the club going.
All swimmers were presented with a certificate of achievement, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place age group winners from the club championships were presented with their trophies. There were also 1st, 2nd and 3rd awards for the open championships.
The coaches had four additional awards to present. Best Newcomer, which is open to all swimmers who have joined in the last year, went to Joshua Marrone, who has made a great impression in his short time with the club.
The Land Award -– which recognises the best athlete in land-based strength and endurance training -– was then shared between Katherine Simpson and Lukas Kong.
Junior Swimmer of the Year went to Finlay Morrice, who has shown himself to be an exciting prospect for the future. Senior Swimmer of the Year went once again to Matthew Garrity, with a touching tribute about the hard work and sacrifice that goes into his many records and championship wins.
It wasn’t just the coaches who got to choose award winners — the swimmers themselves are given the opportunity to vote for their own junior and senior swimmers of the year.
Swimmers often have a completely different perspective but this year they were in agreement with the coaches. Finlay took the Swimmers’ Junior Swimmer of the Year to go with his Coaches’ award. Matthew was voted Senior Swimmer by his teammates, but shared the award with deserving club captain Molly Cannon.
Volunteer of the Year was shared between Clare Beck, Elaine Cannon and Jennifer Garrity. Coach of the Year –- also voted for by the swimmers -– was awarded to Kyara Finlay for the fourth year running.
After all the awards, it was time to get the party started as kids and adults alike danced the night away to top tunes from DJ Euan Purdie.
Girls’ Age Group Champions’ Results
Fifteen years and over: 1st Aimee Watson, 2nd Molly Cannon, 3rd Ashleigh Blyth.
Fourteen years: 1st Anna McClafferty, 2nd Sofia McGeehan, 3rd Emma Sharkey.
Thirteen years: 1st Lucy Campbell, 2nd April Craynor, 3rd Holly Beck.
Twelve years: 1st Betty Fischer Keogh, 2nd Mya McNelis, 3rd Anna McClafferty.
Eleven years: 1st Mirren McConnell, 2nd Skye McLellan, 3rd Lois Herdman.
Ten years: 1st Eilidh Melrose, 2nd Eve Morrison, 3rd Isabella McClafferty.
Nine years: 1st Sophie Campbell, 2nd Nina Spirit-Hawthorne, 3rd Beth Nichol.
Eight years and under: 1st Taguen Maloney, 2nd Ella Morrison, 3rd Mirrin Fay.
Girls’ Open Events Results
Twelve years and over (400m individual medley plus 800m free): 1st Aimee Watson, 2nd Molly Cannon, 3rd Ashleigh Blyth.
Eleven and under (400m individual medley and 400m free): 1st Mirren McConnell, 2nd Alice McClafferty, 3rd Abigail McAnerney.
Boys’ Age Group Champions Results
Fifteen and over: 1st Matthew Garrity, 2nd Kian McNelis, 3rd Aaron Gray.
Fourteen years: 1st Nathan Peoples, 2nd Darren Macleay, 3rd Charlie Kane.
Thirteen years: 1st Lewis Gray, 2nd Lewis Anderson, 3rd Corey McGivern.
Twelve years: 1st Luke Garrity, 2nd Peter Maloney, 3rd Lukas Kong.
Eleven years: 1st Connor McCrorey, 2nd Michal Zawadzki, 3rd Ryan Cummings.
Ten years: 1st Archie McArthur, 2nd Cameron Beck, 3rd Scott Brodie.
Nine years: 1st equal Finlay Morrice and Blake Herdman, 2nd Ciaran Peoples.
Eight and under: 1st Brodie McArthur, 2nd Oliver Gibson, 3rd Charlie Lyne.
Boys’ Open Events Results
Twelve and over (400m individual medley plus 800m free): 1st Matthew Garrity, 2nd Kian McNelis, 3rd Aaron Gray.
Eleven and under (400m individual medley plus 400m free): 1st Archie McArthur, 2nd Cameron Beck, 3rd Connor McCrorey.