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Sea Lions Year-end Awards

Several awards are presented annually at the Sea Lions Year-end Banquet including the following.

The Kari Ann Larson Award was donated by the Larson family in memory of Kari Ann who, until her untimely death, was a dedicated, caring, and popular member of the Sea Lions Swim Club. The award is presented to the Sea Lions swimmers, as selected by their respective peers, in each of the Jr. Stars, Stars, Blue, White, and Black groups who best exhibit the following characteristics:

  • dedication to the sport of swimming;
  • positive, caring attitude towards team members; and
  • ability to pursue specific goals regardless of stress and obstacles.

The Sea Lions Spirit Award will be presented to the Sea Lions swimmers, as selected by their respective peers, in each of the Jr. Stars, Stars, Blue, White, and Black groups who best exhibit team spirit.

The Naomi Heffler Award is awarded to the Top Female Swimmer in the Sea Lions Swim Club.  Naomi was a Sea Lion who attained her Junior National times and, after her retirement from the sport, continued to be involved in the swim club as a coach.  Naomi is remembered as a hard-working, adventurous athlete who loved the outdoors.  She passed away suddenly in the winter of 2003 while doing what she loved, trekking through the Rocky Mountains.  The recipient of this award is a female Sea Lion swimmer who has achieved top standings in competitions attended by the swim club over the past year.  Top standings is determined by adding the FINA points attained by the swimmer in each of the swim distances (either short course or long course) from the start of the swim season (September) to approximately the following May or June (preceding the Sea Lions year-end banquet).

The Top Male Swimmer is awarded to a male Sea Lions swimmer who has achieved top standings in competitions attended by the swim club over the past season.  Top standings is determined by adding the FINA points attained by the swimmer in each of the swim distances (either short course or long course) from the start of the swim season (September) to approximately the following May or June (preceding the Sea Lions year-end banquet).

The Sea Lions Scholastic Award is given out to graduating swimmers based on the following criteria:

  • have been swimming with the Sea Lions for the last 5 years;
  • swim to the completion of Grade 12; and
  • will use the award for post-secondary education.

Most Improved Awards are selected by the coaches based on gender and age group (10 & under, 11/12, 13/14, and 15 and over).  The swimmer’s age at March 31st will determine the age group to which the swimmer belongs for purposes of this award.  The criteria being considered by the coaches to determine the most improved swimmers include the following:

  • time improvement in all strokes in competition;
  • marked improvement in training ability and performance;
  • marked improvement in stroke technique;
  • positive attitude towards the sport; and
  • tenacity (stick-to-it-ness).