IT was good to see the swimmers back in the water and racing last Sunday.
A few were showing some signs of being a bit rusty with several disqualifications during the meet.
However, there were many good performances and a lot of happy faces for both the swimmers and their supporters.
Sualo Lafoga (12, Waverley) had a very good meet, winning all five of her races and bettering her times in three of them.
Zaedyn Hollands (10, Bluff) won five of his six races and improved his times in two of them. Finn Excell (15, Murihiku) had a busy day winning four out of five and going faster in four of them.
Several other swimmers won three of their events and most achieved some personal best times.
At the conclusion of the meet, Swimming Southland’s prize-giving was held.
This year’s prize-giving was a more informal affair with no guest speaker or formal dinner, a real sign of the times recognise the achievements of the members of the Southland swimming community.
The big winners of the day were Amie Pratt (16, Orca), Amelia Black (14, Waverley) and Joseph Koroiadi (14, Murihiku), who all took away three trophies.
The Lafoga Family (Waverley) filled their trophy cabinet with six awards shared equally between Sualo, Tupufia and Alesana.
Amelia and Joseph shared the Foveaux Masters Trophy for most promising under-16 swimmer.
Amelia also took out the Wiegersma Family Trophy for most promising female swimmer, while Joseph won the McDonald Family Trophy for most promising male swimmer.
Jackson Herrick (16, Orca) was the biggest winner, taking away seven awards, winning the Sports Trust Cup for Senior Men’s Champion and a selection of fastest time and best performance trophies.
He then finished off by being awarded the top prize, the President’s Cup, being named the Southland Swimmer of the Year.
The Bill Davidson Memorial Cup for the administrator who had made the greatest contribution to developing young swimmers went to Jamie Lemalie, of Bluff.
During the past season the Bluff Swimming Club has made a huge resurgence under her guidance.
The number of the club’s competitive swimmers has increased dramatically and they held their first swimming meet for a very long time, earlier in the year
Yvonette Fox (Orca) was named the Official of the Year (Moira B Crowther Trophy) after being part of the group of New Zealand officials who assisted at the INAS Games in Australia earlier in the season.