Po­sei­don hosts end-of-year ban­quet

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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.

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Mem­bers of Po­sei­don Swim Club in Car­bon­ear cel­e­brated a suc­cess­ful year at their year-end ban­quet in mid-June.

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