The months of April to June are considered to be the least busiest part of the swim season however it is a very significant time for Redlands Swim Club. In April some of our swimmers headed to Sydney for the Age National Championships and it is the time of year we conclude the 2017-2018 season with our own Club Championships and Presentation Dinner in May followed by the AGM in June.
Early in April a number of our members took the opportunity to take in some inspiration from elite athletes by attending the swimming heats or finals at the Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast.
Seven of our National Squad swimmers along with their coach Nick Pedrazzini then travelled to Sydney to compete in the 2018 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships. They were Dominic Dunstan, Ben Garozzo, Ben Goedemans, Jackson Murphy, Kai Watson, Connor Wallace and Ashleigh Eskdale. They achieved some personal bests and some good placings with Ben Garozzo placing 4th in Australia for 15yrs 1500m Freestyle. As this was the first time for five of these swimmers they were able to gain a great deal of experience competing both interstate and at a national level.
On the 12th May we had approximately 87 swimmers compete in the annual Club Championships. We are fortunate to have our Swimming Qld Officials Peter Turnbull and Darren Pope with us. They have had a long association with the club and were able to provide assistance on the day. Raffles were drawn, the kids raced hard and most of all had a fun afternoon. The Age Champion and Runner-Up trophies were awarded at our Club Presentation Dinner held at the Redlands Sporting Club on the 18th May. It was a wonderful evening providing families the opportunity to socialise and celebrate the achievements of our club members so a fitting way to conclude another very successful season. The major award winners were:
Presidents Trophy – Kelly Dunstan.
Junior Coaches Awards – Jessica Bennett and Thomas Pattison
Senior Coaches Awards – Ashleigh Eskdale and Will McGregor
Junior Best Performing Swimmer – Imogen Dunstan, Jasmine Blank and Zoard Farkas
Senior Best Performing Swimmer – Jody-Joy Davie and Ben Garozzo
Open Water Trophy – Ben Garozzo
Highest Aggregate Point Score – Lachlan Sorensen
The AGM was held in June where the new Management Committee was elected and we reflected upon the 2017 – 2018 season. Redlands Swim Club had 135 swimmers either renew their membership or join the club this season which is an increase from previous years. This included an incredible 57 members who have joined a swim club for the first time and so new members of Swimming Australia.
During the course of the season the committee also produced a Strategic and Operational Plan for 2018-2020. This is a working document and is available on our website.
The management committee for the 2018-2019 season was elected as follows: President – John Brennan, Vice-President – Nick Pedrazzini, Secretary – Cathy Roberts, Treasurer – Carol Boultbee, Registrar – Megan Eskdale and Race Secretary – Kelly Dunstan. On behalf of the committee I would particularly like to thank our outgoing President, Carolyn Garozzo for her tremendous contribution in guiding the club through 2017-2018 to the start of another promising season beginning with the Winter Short Course season.
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