Peter’s knowledge of the sport and coaching techniques has brought much needed expertise to the Club in the last 9 years.
He’s given the Club a huge amount of time, all on a voluntary basis. He first started as a qualified swimming teacher but hasn’t stood still in his own personal development completing an ASA Level 1 Coaching Qualification followed by a Level 2 qualification and more recently successfully completing a Level 3 qualification, no mean feat.
At the Club, he has led a team of voluntary assistant coaches as well as pool-side helpers and supervised training sessions across three weekday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons. He regularly travelled as far as Llandudno, Manchester, Cardiff & Swansea to support the Club’s swimmers at competition.
In 2015 he organised a charity swimathon and persuaded local sporting hero’s Ollie Gwilt and Warren Sinden to take part which helped to raise the event’s profile with £2,600 presented to the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ and ‘The Anthony Nolan Trust’.
Pete was instrumental in getting the Club back in to competition after many years of inactivity. The last two years has seen his hard work come to fruition. In 2015, the Club won for the first time the East Clwyd Senior League which is swum over the course of three galas between Buckley, Connah’s Quay, Flint, Mold, Welshpool and Wrexham.
He has also steered Club swimmers to regular individual success at the annual North Wales Championships as well as at the National Championships. It is the swimmer that always comes first and foremost in Pete’s mind and he’ll be sorely missed by us all.
As for other awards, the trophy winners for 2016 included Jamie Marsden-Jones (Best Performance) for a great 100 Breaststroke at the Club Gala.
The Best Newcomer Award went to Poppy Livermore whilst Leighton Blagg has developed greatly and received the Most Improved Award.
The Club also recognized the commitment of its swimmers and this year’s Most Dedicated trophy went to Lois Birchall for her commitment at training and determination and positive attitude at the Club Gala.
The Swimmers Swimmer Awards, voted on by the swimmers themselves went jointly to Kate Jones & Cari Jones along with Tom Weaver.
The age group winners from the Club Gala contested a few weeks ago were Taiya Griffiths & Teilo Gittins-Turner (9yrs); Kelsie Webster & Dyfrig Jones (10/11); Rebecca Edwards & Finlay Jones (12/13); Ellen Jones & Tom Weaver (14/15) and Kate Jones & Billy Hunt (16yrs+).
The evening finished with a buffet and disco. Thank you in particular to Ann Jones (Club Secretary) for compering the evening and to Shirley Owen (Trophy Secretary) for arranging the certificates, medals, trophies, awards and all the engraving.