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Aquanauts recognized at awards banquet


Gavin Paull came away with three major awards at last night’s Aquanaut dinner and awards banquet, including top male age group swimmer.

Paull, 16, also was recognized for his efforts in competitive freestyle and was selected as the winner of the Achievement in Backstroke plaque for males.

Aquanaut head coach Debbie Murray praised Paull’s talents.

“Gavin is a very good swimmer who comes with a lot of hidden, or natural talent,” she said.

“He’s physically developing right now, especially with his strength in his upper body, in that he’s starting to pull towards becoming a very strong swimmer,” she added.

The Swimmers’ Choice award was shared by Brendan Cumming and Richard Allan while Andrea Boileau picked up the Individual Medley trophy.

Other award winners last night included Sarah McTavish (Achievement in Backstroke plaque), Lindsay Smith (competitive breaststroke--female), Jeff Plumridge (competitive breaststroke--male), Heather Dutton (competitive butterfly), and Andrea Boileau (top age group--female).

Plumridge also took home the FFAST plaque (which stands for fun, friendship, attitude, strokes, and turns).

Ashleigh Dutton (female) and Timothy Green (male) were named the club’s most dedicated swimmers. Megan Hebert was selected as the most improved new swimmer while and Alice Bolen was the most improved novice swimmer.

FFAST medals (for recognition of overall attitude, effort, and improvement) were awarded to Bolen, Jessica Cousineau, Alyssa Holliday, Jamie Holliday, Kristine Kerber, Michelle McFayden, and Alex Parent.

Amanda Allan and Kim Murray also were recognized last night with an award for their achievement at the Division III championships in Etobicoke in April.

Finally, 10-year membership awards were handed out to Cumming, Murray, and Plumridge while five-year awards went to Richard Allan, Cousineau, Elissa Green, and Jennifer Hawley.

Coach Murray said she was pleased with all of her swimmers’ efforts and successes in the pool this past season, which routinely included best times.

“These swimmers really have to be recognized for the effort they put in for 10 months of the year and the way they handle themselves when they are at meets,” enthused Murray, who will be back to coach her 12th season next year.

Murray cited the fact the Aquanauts had swimmers qualify for the junior provincials and junior nationals, and achieved 70 percent best times as a team at the Division III championships, as some of the highlights.

“It shows that we are developing as a club, and all the kids, even the first-year ones, continue to improve their strokes and techniques, and continue to get better,” she said

Murray added she expects the “core” groups of her swimmers back for next year, and that she’s excited about the potential of many of the Aquanauts.

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