On Friday 13th March members from St Thomas Swimming Club attended the ANGUSalive Sports Awards at The Reid Hall, Forfar.
The club and It’s members were shortlisted in the following categories.
Team of the Year - 2nd Division Team
In 2019 St Thomas Swimming Club Re-joined the Midland District Leagues after a 5 year break. The Team re entered the Leagues at the 2nd Division in January 2019 and successfully finished in 1st position at the end of September 2019. Throughout the year the team used the league galas as development opportunities for younger and less experienced swimmers. As well as the development of the swimmers, the clubs officials also developed their skills an gained new qualifications as a result of the team competing in the leagues. Throughout the league season the team won 3 out of 5 competitions and came 2nd in the other two, placing them 1st at the end of the season.
Coach of the Year - Lorna Whike
In 2019 Lorna has coached her team to achieve their best. Some of these achievements include; 2nd division team placing first overall and being promoted to the 1st Division in the Tayside leagues for 2020, 5 of her swimmers have reached British level competing in both the Age Group Championships & Summer Championships in
2019. She has worked with the learn to swim programme at Arbroath Sports Centre to organise come and try sessions to help bring new members into the club. At the end of 2019 Lorna began working with the ANGUSalive Area & Development squad to assist in the development of the programme and its delivery.
Sports Personality of the Year for People with a Disability - Beth Greig
In February 2019 Beth competed in her first long course swimming meet and gained 2 qualifying times for the European Championships in Sardinia, In April 2019 she competed in the Southampton Open Championships for Down syndrome and achieved a further 4 Qualifying times for Sardinia, at this meet she achieved 3 Gold medals & 1
Bronze medal. During May 2019 Beth was selected to represent Team GB at the European Championships in Sardinia & she also competed in the National Championships for Swimmers with a disability. In September Beth competed alongside 30 members of Team GB in Sardinia at the European Championships where she swam in 7 races and achieved 5 Pb's, due to Beths contribution to the team, Team GB were crowned European Champions. During October & November 2019 whilst competing in the Alloa Graded & Midland graded meets she achieved 5 qualifying times and has been selected to represent DSS-Team GB at the World Trisome Games in Turkey April 2020. Along with attending GB training camps in Newcastle, Ayr & Catterick beth also attended the St Thomas Lanzarote swim camp during July. 2019 has been a fantastic year and she has worked extremely hard to achieve GB qualifying times throughout the year.
Sports Personality of the Year - Sophie Smith
Sophie has had a fantastic year in 2019 she started off the year in Sunderland achieving 4 gold, 1 silver & 1 Bronze medal at the city of sunderland meet. She finished off January with 2 Gold medals at the Scottish Schools Championships in Tolcross Galsgow. She continued her wining strek in February at the District championships achieving Gold in the 50m free, 100m fly & 200m Fly. In March sophie represented the British team in Iowa for the US Swimming TYR Pro Swim Series. She then attended the Scottish National age Group Championships at the end of March achieving gold in the 200m free and bronze in the 50m fly she continued to succeed at this event making finals for the majority of her swims and was a huge contribution for the club ranking in the top 20. In April Sophie competed at the British Championships and placed 4th in the 100m free final. In July, sophie had an impressive start to the Brittish Summer Champs with a silver medal in the 200m Free and finished off the competition achieving gold in the 50m Free & 100m Free. Since starting university in September sophie has continued to perform in competitions alongside her studies.
A huge congratulations to all the winners at this years ANGUSalive Sports Awards.