At this year’s Wells Swimming Club Presentation Evening a very special guest was invited.
First it was time to celebrate those who competed in the Club Championships. Head Coach Eli Meyers and team captains Roberta Bland and Katie Chambers handed out medals to winning swimmers and presented sought-after trophies to this year’s club champions.
Then guest Stephanie Millward MBE took centre stage. She explained how at junior level she worked hard to become one of the top swimmers in the country making the junior Olympic team and on her way to the Year 2000 Olympics when disaster struck. She was diagnosed with MS but managed to turn disaster into triumph and is now a top paralympian athlete. Amongst many achievements, she won two gold, three silver and a bronze in individual competitions and two gold medals in relay events in the Rio Olympics. She told the Wells swimmers to work hard, never give up and follow their dreams no matter what obstacles got in the way.
After her inspirational speech Stephanie Millward presented the club’s main awards and an personally autographed card to each club member. She took time to speak to individual swimmers about their progress and aspirations and let everyone handle one of her Olympic gold medals and the Olympic torch which she carried for the 2012 games.
Among the winners of the awards presented by Stephanie Millward were the following.
Most Improved Girl: Ailsa Richardson.
Best Girl: Emma Healey
Most Improved Boy: Seth Allom
Best Boy: Cameron Taylor
Volunteer Plate: Linda and Neil Chambers
Swimmer of the year: Declan Truan-Thatcher
The evening was a great celebration of the club and all it stands for: a strong inclusive club open to all who love swimming irrespective of standard or ability but where talent can thrive.