Numerous awards were handed out over the weekend at the Stingray Swim Club’s end-of-season banquet at the Westin resort.
The Spirit and Sportsmanship Awards, for swimmers who display a strong sense of team spirit, sportsmanship and camaraderie, who participate fully, are enthusiastic members of the Club and whose spirit is contagious, were presented to: Jorian Neblett, Bronze Group; Kylie Porter, Silver; Jake Bailey, Gold; Alex Dakers, Senior; and Cole Morgan, High Performance.
The Most Improved Swimmer Awards were presented to: Malcolm Hill, Bronze Group; Kyra Rabess, Silver; Katriona Williams, Gold; Kenneth Glidden, Senior; and Sarah Jackson, High Performance.
The inaugural High School Development Group Award for Commitment and Enthusiasm was presented to Anthony Christian.
The Shepheard Cup goes to a swimmer who is committed, enthusiastic and passionate about swimming – someone who does not always have to win, but who does well, represents their club and country with pride at home and overseas, and generally is great to be around the pool and to have on the team.
The Cup was donated to the club by former Stingray coach Marie Shepheard and her family as a legacy for her son Leo, who died at age 19 in a car accident. The 2016 recipient of the Shepheard Cup is Ria Plunkett.
Also recognized at the banquet were Anne Marie and coach Ryan Mushin from the Lions Pool, Parent Volunteers of the Year Penny McDowall, Linda Key, Joel Neblett and Tracey-Ann Lawla, and head coach David Pursley and assistant coach Mark Randall.
Stingray’s leavers presented with a parting gift were Cole Morgan, Catriona MacRae, Axel Torres, Nicole Torres, Will Roberts, Kylee Glidden and Brittany Chavarria.
“It is an honor to work with these young people,” said coach Pursley. “They work hard every day, doing something they love, and as a club, our goal is to keep getting better so we can continue to inspire them to deliver their best.
“Last year we introduced an innovative underwater filming program, while this year we will ramp up our on-site dry-land training capabilities so that our swimmers can maximize their time training at the pool while continuing to focus on their studies and to excel in that arena as well.”
Stingray swimmers were members of the National Team which represented the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in the Bahamas on June 29 to July 3. They will travel to the North Shore Swim Club MIT Meet in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 28 to Aug. 1, and to the ISCA Senior Summer Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida, Aug. 2 to 6.
The summer schedule, which is under way, runs until Aug. 1.