This year saw Haringey Aquatics join almost 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout London and Essex when we became part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme. This scheme is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of our members between the ages of 11 and 25, as well as giving the club much needed extra funding.
Thank you to everyone who made nominations for our first round of awards. Each person who was nominated would have made a worthy winner, and it was a difficult to choose just four. However, I would like to congratulate our three swimmers and one water polo player who were recently presented with their certificates by coaches in front of their peers. In this round of awards we were able to recognise the achievements of:
Joe Northover, who has been a long term member of Haringey Aquatics, was nominated by 3 different people. Joe, who has captained the Oxford University Swimming Team, is seen as a role model for younger swimmers, as well as being recognised for training hard to achieve his own personal goal of a county title, which he then achieved twice!
Sasha Shute, was nominated by a fellow team member for not only being a great swimmer with a championship mentality, but for picking other members up when they are down. She is a good friend to others and is always positive. Sasha is felt to be a very big part of Haringey Aquatics.
Max Green has only just joined the competitive squad after moving through the relevant stages of the development squad, but has already managed to gain a regional qualifying time. He is eager to train, and represents the club at various meets,
Euan Escott was recognised for his achievements in water polo. He has shown a consistently positive attitude in both training and games with very good attendance. He has accepted challenges without being daunted, as a result of which his play has improved enormously.
Each award is worth £200 to benefit the club, and winners chose to spend theirs as follows:
Joe and Sasha combined their awards to purchase boxing equipment, power ropes and resistance workout tubes; and Max used his to buy suspension trainers, trigger point massage balls and skipping ropes. Euan was able to give a boost to our water polo players by buying both mini polo and competition / training balls, as well as a specialist bag to store them in.
We look forward to telling you about further awards in the future.