An important part of the club's philosophy is to recognize effort and achievement in our swimmers. Swimmers are recognized in a variety of ways throughout the season.
Most Improved Swimmer
This award recognizes the swimmer with the highest percentage of overall improvement in all strokes/events that the swimmer has raced during the year. For the majority of swimmers, their best time entering the season is compared against their current season best time. For swimmers new to competitive swimming where there are no prior year results, the first current season meet serves as the benchmark for comparison. Events that have not shown improvement will not be included in the calculations. The sum of all percentage of improvements is then divided by the number of events to calculate each swimmer’s average improvement percentage. Swimmer with top improvement percentage in each group wins the award.
Top Competitor Awards
Previously the high point award, this award recognizes swimmers who swim fast in one particular event. Every official competitive swim time has a corresponding FINA point value. The faster the time for the swim, the higher the corresponding point value. The highest FINA point value for any individual swim completed in the season, both short and long course, is considered. This award identifies the swimmer who excels at swimming the fastest in any event in either swim season within the year for each group.
Swim Excellence Awards
Previously ‘Excellent Swim’ Awards, these awards are now given to swimmers who achieve an extraordinary improvement percentage in their 200FR and 200IM times within the season. Top quartile of each group in both long and short course season will be recognized and awarded. This is defined as the top 25% in each group’s improvement statistics on the 2 events.
Swimmer of the Month
Every month a swimmer from each of our competitive groups is recognized for his or her achievements around the pool. There is more involved than just performance at swim meets, and so the following criteria is used with the discretion of the coach to select the Swimmer of the Month: 95% attendance minimum, sportsmanship, positive attitude, compassion, work ethic at practice, team spirit & leadership.
Major awards are given to winners in both the short course and the long course seasons. Eligibility is based on Competitive Groups within the swim season.
Coach's Choice Award
This award is given by the coach of each group to the swimmer in their group who demonstrates the most improvement from the beginning of the swim year. This award encompasses not only time improvement, but also training habits, attendance, attitude, willingness to learn and more.
Mary and Walter Sheretko Award
This award is given to the 10 and under swimmer who displays dedication to swimming. Dedication is defined as hard work, listening skills, team support, attendance and other intangible qualities. This award is named in honour of Mary who has given so much of herself to the Lakeshore Swim Club. Mary has given freely of her time, energy and commitment for over 30 years.
This award is given to the 11-12 year old swimmer who is beginning to understand both the practice and competition sides of the sport. This swimmer has demonstrated a maturity beyond their years both in their commitment to practice and the management of their own races. Fred Sheffield coached Lakeshore Swim Club through its transitional years following the passing of Gus Ryder.
Dianne Vento Award – Memorial Coaches Award
Awarded to the 13-14 year old swimmer who shows not only dedication to the club but also leadership skills and the ability to motivate others (both through their own performance and by helping to enhance others). This award was named in honour of Dianne Vento who coached with the club for over 8 years and passed away suddenly in 1995.
Bob Driscoll Award
This award is given to a senior swimmer showing good sportsmanship, leadership and dedication to the club. This swimmer sets an example and high standard of achievement for the entire club. This award was created to recognize the work of Bob Driscoll who coached the team following Mary Sheretko's retirement.
Jim and Edith Curry Award
This award is given to the swimmer who is dedicated to swimming improvement by working hard, attending practice and performing at their peak throughout the meet schedule. Although the focus is on competitive achievement it is recognized that this would not have occurred without great practice attendance, positive attitude and the support of teammates. This award was named in honour of Jim and Edith Curry who both worked for the club for over 50 years. Jim was the head coach and Edith was the treasurer. Both Jim and Edith were with Gus Ryder from the beginning. When Mr. Curry passed away he bequeathed $5,000 to the competitive side of Lakeshore Swim Club.