Poseidon hosts end-of-year banquet
It was a very successful year for Carbonear’s Poseidon swim club, and what better way to end it than a banquet in mid-June.
The event was bittersweet for the team. Members celebrated their achievements at many swim meets over the year, but also said goodbye to two senior swimmers — Allison Somers and Mark Peddle.
“Allison and Mark were given plaques as Poseidon graduates,” said Megan Forward, mom to swimmers Drew and Sarah Forward.
Peddle was the only male on the team this season, but coach Junior Somers hopes that will change next year, and there will be more males interested in joining.
Allison Somers took the swimmer-ofthe-year award, which was no surprise to most in attendance. She earned a place on the Newfoundland and Labrador team at the Canada Summer Games, competed at a national event for the province and has earned a medal in all her competitions this year.
Gold Squad swimmer-of-the-year was Drew Forward. Forward has shown dedication and determination in her swimming this year. She has swam at most meets throughout the season, finishing with personal best times and placing Top10 in some of her races.
Silver Squad swimmer-of-the-year was Arianna Taylor, who has also had a successful year. Silver is the first stage of competitive swimming, and Taylor shows much promise for the coming years.
Although it is the end for some — Peddle is moving to Ontario to study pre-medicine and Somers is also going to university in the fall — it is just the beginning for some swimmers.
The newly competitive members of the team reflected on their first year swimming against others from across the province as far away as Lake Melville and also against a team from St. PierreMiquelon.
Junior Somers hopes to see some new faces in the fall to fill the void of those swimmers who are leaving, but also to gain participation.
Members of Poseidon Swim Club in Carbonear celebrated a successful year at their year-end banquet in mid-June.