Awards

GEORGIA SWIMMING AWARDS


GOLDEN PEACH AWARDS
The Golden Peach Awards honor persons in the following categories: Breakout Performer of the Year, Perseverance Award, Relay Performance of the Year, Adaptive Athlete of the Year, Emerging Coach, Female Athlete of the Year, and Male Athlete of the Year.

Nominations open February 16 and will be accepted through March 15. All nominations will be verified and approved by the Award Committee before the next round of voting. Six (6) finalists will appear on the final ballot March 19-23. Popular vote will be taken into consideration by the Award Committee but will not determine final award winners. Winners will be announced at the Golden Peach Awards on April 22.

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BETSY DUNBAR AWARD
An award of $1,000 will be presented every year to a Georgia swimmer who is currently in their fourth year of collegiate swimming. The Georgia Swimming Board of Directors will evaluate all nominees for this award on the basis of leadership, performance and academic achievement. To be nominated, the swimmer must have represented the Georgia LSC for their entire senior year prior to college and also every summer during their college career.

Nomination Period Opens: January 1, 2018
Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2018

Download 2017 Betsy Dunbar Nomination Form: Word/PDF

Past Recipients:
Lydia Jones, SA (2016)
No Recipient (2015)
Courtney Peters, LINS (2014)

BILL YOUNG AWARD
The Bill Young Award is presented annually to a swimmer who graduate from high school during the spring of this competitive swim year. The Georgia Swimming Board of Directors will evaluate all nominees for this award based partially on swimming achievements and of equal importance, participation in and recognized achieved for non-swimming activities, such as scholarship and school-related activities, church and community service, etc. 

Nomination Period Opens: January 1, 2018
Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2018

Download 2017 Bill Young Nomination Form: Word/PDF

Past Recipients:
Hannah Andress, RAYS (2017)
No Recipient (2016)
Nate Wright, MAAC (2015)
Anna Jahns, GA (2014)

PETE JUNKINS OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award was created in memory of longtime swimming volunteer, Pete Junkins. The Peter M. (Pete) Junkins Official of the Year Award is to recognize an official for their outstanding contributions to local swimming. Any athlete or non-athlete member can submit a candidate that is deserving of recognition. One official will be selected by the Georgia Swimming Officials Committee to be recognized annually at the Golden Peach Awards. The selected official will receive a one year USA Swimming membership renewal.

Nomination Period Opens: January 1, 2018
Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2018

Download 2017 Pete Junkins Nomination Form: Word/PDF

Past Recipients:
Clarice Wasmuth (2017)
Rob Schreer (2016)

COACHES OF THE YEAR
An Age Group coach and a Senior coach will be selected as Coaches of the Year by the Coaches Committee after evaluating the Top 10 swimmer performance data. The Coaches of the Year will have one year to take a reimbursed trip to either ASCA or United States Aquatic Sports Convention, subject to available funds. Reimbursement is limited to registration, half the room rate and airfare. Awards will be paid for from the LSC budget.

Past Senior Coaches of the Year:
Jason Turcotte, Dynamo (2017)
Doug Gjertsen, SwimAtlanta (2016)
J
ason Turcotte, Dynamo (2014 & 2015)

Past Age Group Coaches of the Year:
Dustin Bengston, Tiftarea Tidal Wave (2017)
Beth Winkowski, Dynamo (2015 & 2016)
Bill Forrester, GCAT (2014)

PHILLIPS 66 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
The USA Swimming Phillips Outstanding Service Award was established in 1981 to recognize the invaluable contribution of volunteer service to United States Swimming, Inc. The award, sponsored by the Phillips Petroleum Company, is presented annually to one honoree named in each of the 59 Local Swimming Committees. Selection criteria considers quality, level, and years of volunteer service in elected or appointed positions in their club or LSC.

Nominations are not currently being taken for this award.

Past Recipients:
Gary Theisen (2015)

 
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