Bicester Blue Fins celebrate memorable 2013

Miles Davis receives his award from assistant coach Berne Gravett
Miles Davis receives his award from assistant coach Berne Gravett

Bicester Blue Fins recently celebrated an outstanding 2013 by recognising the achievements of its swimmers at the annual club presentation evening at Highfield Social Club.

Around 200 of the club’s members and their families came together following the club championships that took place in November and December 2013 – the highlight of the BBF swimming year.

The club has assembled an impressive array of silverware over its 63 year history, crowning individual champions across a range of ages, sexes and disciplines. There were 68 trophies presented on the night for age group champions, individual events and special achievements, plus all the swimmers received a certificate recording their own performances and a medal or shield.

Club chairman Chris Inness said:: “The evening was all about the swimmers. Handing out big trophies is enjoyable, but for me the real winners were each and every one of the 155 athletes that took part in our club championships. It was only right that we rewarded them all for their effort and achievement, particularly as there were many hundreds of personal bests and club records broken.

“It’s the perfect springboard as we get closer to the country championships that start this month, and we have high hopes that more of our swimmers will qualify for the regional championships this year and maybe even the nationals.”

Among the winners was Kieran Bird who, on the way to becoming the 14-year-old boys champion, picked up a haul of six open trophies. He was also awarded Swimmer of the Year for a truly outstanding season that saw him achieve the club’s first ever silver medal at the National Swimming Championships at Sheffield.

Georgia Tagg collected five individual open awards as well as the 15-year-old girls champion shield, while ten-year-old champion Lottie Wynne-Jones won four awards and was also presented with the Most Improved Age 10 and Under swimmer for the second year running.

Women’s open champion Ellie Bunce achieved four individual awards, and 11-year-old Tabitha Watkins won two individual trophies and was named the most improved U13 girl. Other significant winners included Cerys King, Tom Thornley and Oliver Inness.

For many, though, the highlight of the evening was Miles Davis collecting the Beckett Cup for most improved boy. After debilitating treatment for cancer throughout 2013, the eight-year-old bravely took part in five races in the championships – and obtained five PBs!