Bay Roberts Sea Lions celebrate 25th year as provincial champs
Awards ceremony commemorates team’s achievements
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.
The Bay Roberts Sea Lions recently celebrated their 25th consecutive year being named provincial champions.
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.
MHA Pam Parsons presented the 8-11 girls team with awards for things like personal bests and participation, among other accomplishments.
Some swimmers were happy to receive love awards during the celebrations. Others, like Olivia Dyke, perhaps not so much.
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.