Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons cel­e­brate 25th year as provin­cial champs

Awards cer­e­mony com­mem­o­rates team’s achieve­ments

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons re­cently hit 25 years as provin­cial champs, and spent Wednesday night cel­e­brat­ing it.

Swimmers of all ages, start­ing from eight and go­ing all the way up to 18, gath­ered to­gether at the Bay Roberts Li­ons Club to cel­e­brate 25 con­sec­u­tive years as provin­cial cham­pi­ons.

Hun­dreds of proud fam­ily and friends joined in for the cel­e­bra­tions, which started at around 7:30 p.m. fol­low­ing a meal and a cake cutting by re­tired swimmers.

Coaches and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Mayor Phillip Wood and MHA Pam Par­sons, all took turns pro­vid­ing the suc­cess­ful ath­letes with medals to com­mem­o­rate their suc­cesses.

Fol­low­ing the hon­ourary awards cer­e­mony, swimmers were pre­sented with mock awards called “love awards” and “funny awards”, which gave MCs Kyle Tet­ford and Kurchelle Snow a chance to rem­i­nisce on past prac­tices and me­morable mo­ments from the team’s time in Gan­der, pre­sent­ing the au­di­ence with hu­mourous sto­ries. They also pre­sented cer­tain swimmers with awards such as a bag of chips for one swim­mer who was known to have a case of the munchies, and pa­per hearts for swimmers who cre­ated a spe­cial bond with one an­other.

Rox­anne Yet­man, pres­i­dent of the Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons said she was very proud of the team’s suc­cess, and that she already has high hopes for next year.

“I was count­ing it up, and I hadn’t even re­al­ized that this was 25 years for us, un­til then,” Yet­man said. “Amaz­ing. A lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion went into those 25 years.”

De­spite hav­ing 25 cham­pi­onships un­der their belt, the Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons made some big im­prove­ments this year com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.

The girls over­all placed third last year, how­ever, they made their way up to sec­ond Coach Kyle Tet­ford found him­self giv­ing out plenty of love awards to swimmers who were be­lieved to have a crush on him, whether they ad­mit­ted it or not. this year, coming out with 152 points, only four points be­hind Clarenville, who placed first.

The boys fin­ished first over­all, with 186 points, fol­lowed by the Spring­dale Bluefins in sec­ond, who had 122 points – a 64-point lead.

Al­to­gether, the Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons nabbed first place over­all with 338 points, adding an­other year to their already im­pres­sive list of ac­com­plish­ments.

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The Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons re­cently cel­e­brated their 25th con­sec­u­tive year be­ing named provin­cial cham­pi­ons.

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Re­tired swimmers who swam for the Sea Li­ons in pre­vi­ous years were also present at the cel­e­bra­tions. From left to right, they are Katie Daw­son, Amy Win­ter, Sarah Bar­rett, and Brit­ney Hillier.

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MHA Pam Par­sons pre­sented the 8-11 girls team with awards for things like per­sonal bests and par­tic­i­pa­tion, among other ac­com­plish­ments.

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Some swimmers were happy to re­ceive love awards dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions. Oth­ers, like Olivia Dyke, per­haps not so much.

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Mayor of Bay Roberts, Phillip Wood, noted his pride in the Sea Li­ons, adding that he was ea­ger to see them con­tinue their suc­cess in coming years.

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