Awards night honours GDSC swimmers

HUMBLE: Gary Grantham with award winner Doug Ensbey.
HUMBLE: Gary Grantham with award winner Doug Ensbey. Contributed

SWIMMING: Anticipation filled the air at the GDSC Swimming Club's annual presentation dinner. Members and guests exchanged pleasantries on arrival and then their taste buds were tantalised with a superb two-course meal, after which proceedings moved on to the more serious side of the evening.

Kim Dahl, acting as MC, kicked off the night announcing the monthly point score winners which included Damien O'Mahony (October and November), David Moon (December), Terry Barnes (January), Steve Donnelly (February) and Andrew Madden (March).

Highest point score winners in their respective age group were then announced. In the 30-34 years Amanda Nutt picked up the trophy and also won the award for the most disqualifications during the season.


Steve Donnelly winner of the Maurice Chapman trophy.
Steve Donnelly winner of the Maurice Chapman trophy. Contributed

The 45-49 years was taken out by Damien O'Mahony. The 50-54 years presentation was made by Don Tomlinson to Kieran Lynch 3rd, Bruce Durrington 2nd and David Moon 1st. Andrew Madden won the 55-59 years. In the 60-64 years group Ian Davis took 2nd and Steve Donnelly was 1st.

Results in the 65-69 years group were Terry Barnes 3rd, John Wainwright 2nd and Richard Sear 1st, 70-74 years - Bob Owen 3rd, Max Kroehnert 2nd and Toni Ensbey 1st.

The winner of the Stephen Donnelly Explosive Cup grand final was Ian Davis and Jill Enks was the winner of the Wykes Tyrepower Cup grand final.

The Neville "Chopper" Hackett memorial trophy for the swimmer winning the most 50m events was awarded to Damien O'Mahony with David Moon 2nd and Richard Sear 3rd.

The Maurice Chapman Memorial trophy awarded for application and consistency was presented to Steve Donnelly, and a more deserving recipient could not have been chosen.


Damien O'Mahony winner of the Neville
Damien O'Mahony winner of the Neville "Chopper" Hackett trophy and also the Hugh Miller trophy presented for the overall point score . Contributed

The Hugh Miller memorial trophy for the overall point score winner was awarded to Damien O'Mahony and the Hugh Groom memorial trophy for runner-up was presented to David Moon.

Tom Grantham announced the winner of the Gary Grantham memorial trophy for Club Person of the year and this year's recipient was a very surprised but humble Doug Ensbey, a long-term member of the club and always willing to help out wherever possible.

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