Hon­our­ing their best

Bluephins hand out the hard­ware to the swim­ming club’s top per­form­ers in 2017

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Char­lene VanLeeuwen, cen­tre, dis­plays her 2017 vol­un­teer of the year award for her 10 years of work with the Char­lot­te­town Bluephins Aquatic Club af­ter the club’s re­cent award pre­sen­ta­tions in Char­lot­te­town. VanLeeuwen has been ac­tive as an of­fi­cial on deck, but was al­ways ready to fill the gap when vol­un­teers were needed at Is­land-hosted meets or re­gional meets. Left of VanLeeuwen is Ron Profit and Donna Profit, while right of VanLeeuwen is Edie Rogers and Tom Crow­ell. The Bluephins cre­ated the award in 2016 to hon­our the two cou­ples who have served the club for many years.

The Char­lot­te­town Bluephins Aquatic Club dished out sev­eral pieces of hard­ware at its re­cent awards pre­sen­ta­tions in Char­lot­te­town af­ter a year where it hosted five com­pe­ti­tions and was the back­bone of the At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport swim­ming cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary in the city.

Bluephins par­tic­i­pated in 30 meets from af­ter­noon in­vi­ta­tion­als to the Eastern Cana­dian cham­pi­onships in Etobicoke in April.

The 2016-17 sea­son cul­mi­nates with the 2017 Canada Games in Au­gust in Win­nipeg, Man., where the club will be well rep­re­sented on Team P.E.I.

Of the club, Lea Bry­den, pres­i­dent of Swim P.E.I., said,

“The sheer num­ber of peo­ple in the room, the swim­mers’ spirit, the quan­tity of awards and ac­com­plish­ments that were rec­og­nized is a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of coach­ing and board gov­er­nance you are so for­tu­nate to have at CBAC. It re­ally was in­spir­ing to be in your midst and to be re­minded of what it re­ally mat­ters about com­pet­i­tive sport.”

Han­nah MacLel­lan won the Dave Hard­ing Memo­rial Award for the swim­mer with a high aca­demic stand­ing com­pet­ing at the na­tional level and ded­i­cated to pur­su­ing swim­ming at a post-sec­ondary level.

MacLel­lan, one of the top para-swim­mers in the coun­try, is leav­ing the Is­land club for uni­ver­sity in Ot­tawa where she

will train to make the Cana­dian ros­ter for the 2020 Par­a­lympic Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan.

MacLel­lan and coach Edie Rogers have trained to­gether for a decade.

Swim­mer of the year went to Alexa McQuaid af­ter a sea­son with good re­sults at the Eastern Cana­di­ans and qual­i­fy­ing for the Cana­dian ju­nior cham­pi­onships later this sum­mer. McQuaid set 18 new pro­vin­cial records and on the P.E.I. Canada Games swim team bound for Win­nipeg.

Sami Wil­liams, a se­nior swim­mer and coach of one of the team’s younger groups, won the Bluephin of the year award given to the swim­mer who em­bod­ies what it means to be a Bluephin and is an am­bas­sador

of the team off and on the pool deck. It was Wil­liams’ sec­ond win in the cat­e­gory.

The vol­un­teer of the year award went to Char­lene VanLeeuwen for her 10 years of work with the Bluephins.

Grad­u­at­ing swim­mers Emma Cam­pa­naro, who has com­mit­ted to the UPEI swim team for the 2017-18 sea­son, and Wil­liams, who will be swim­ming with the Aca­dia Ax­e­men in the fall, were each awarded a Profit Schol­ar­ship.

Eleven swim­mers and five re­lay teams were rec­og­nized for break­ing 70 Swim P.E.I. records, while five swim­mers were rec­og­nized as qual­i­fy­ing for na­tional level meets.

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