The North Bay Y Titans swim club held their annual awards banquet Monday night with many swimmers receiving top honors in several different categories.
The Jackson family scooped up both the male and female Swimmer of the Year. Jaydan Jackson says that receiving this award was a real honor. "I have always loved swimming. loved the sport. This year was kind of bitter sweet had a lot of good meets, some challenging meets but overall it has been an amazing year and I love it." Dylan Jackson said it is a real honor to share the award with his sister. "It came as a surprise to me, i thought there were a couple other swimmers who were better candidates considering that I am older and they have been on the team much longer than I have, but I thought it was a very honorable choice for me to be nominated and I enjoy it!"
Head coach Cliff Noth noted that they are doing a heck of a job. "Dylan sort of is what we call a 'late bloomer' in the sport he is just starting to really reach his potential and Jaydan who went through basically a career ending injury about 2 years ago has come back all the way to the point where she was at Olympic Trials this year so they have done fantastic. They are well deserving of those awards."
Coaches Choice Awards
Level 4 - Katlyn Van Horn and Aliya Marsh
Level 3 - Melanie Aiton
Level 2 - Chloe Hunt
Level 1 - Abbey Krajc and Olivia Gagnon
Rookies of the Year
Hailey Passmore and Steve Cholette
Most Improved Swimmers
Maia Uys and Connor Montgomery
High Point Awards
10 & under girls - Sofia Berardi
10 & under boys - Bernard Uys
11 & 12 girls - Katie Tripp
11 & 12 boys - Chris Uys
13 & 14 girls - Zeyana Laplante
13 & 14 boys - Quinn Schroeder
15 & over girls - Jaydan Jackson
15 & over boys - Dylan Jackson
The Team Builder Award goes to a person(s) who shows outstanding contribution and effort in helping out the club as a whole. This year the award was presented to two parents, Olga Racine and Pam Pask.
Swimmers that qualified for high level meets throughout the year were also recognized at the banquet. Those receiving individual awards were Anisha Bhattacharyya, Grace Liritzis, Keltan Baran, Steve Cholette, Dylan Jackson, Noah Swain, Sierra McCourt, Renee Gagnon, Brittany Pask, Jaydan Jackson and Connor Montgomery.
The Presidents Award is handed out each year to those swimmers that are moving on and graduating from the Titans program to attend University. Sierra McCourt, Jaime Lee Udeschini, Kayley Niemela and Angelina Racine are the recipients this year. They will all be attending different universities throughout Ontario where they will continue their swimming careers.
Coach Noth commented on the banquet and year as a whole.
"Its mixed emotion it is a time of happiness where you are rewarding the athletes who have done really well and those who developed really well to the point of we are saying good-bye to 4 good athletes that have been with us forever that are now going on to university so there's always a bit of mixed emotions and as you can tell if you witnessed,there's a lot of emotion involved with the athletes too. These kids put in a lot of time and they deserve it, this is recognition for them and this is what banquet nights are all about."