Honouring their best
Bluephins hand out the hardware to the swimming club’s top performers in 2017
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.