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2019 Annual Awards

The 2019 Annual Awards celebrated 2 Service, 1 Honours, 2 volunteer contributor and 9 swimmer and coaches awards. The awards also saw two inaugural awards presented, Club of the Year and the Tier 1 Series competition winner.

Lewis Clareburt once again took home the Individual Performance and Swimmer of the Year awards after his recent success at the Fina World Championships where he won the Bronze medal coming in behind Daya Seto and Jay Litherland. Lewis has had a whirlwind 12-24 months and with Olympic year less than a month away the region will be fully behind Lewis and the SNZ team as they prepare for Tokyo.

Chelsey Edwards picked up the Selectors Trophy having picked up 20 regional records over the past 12 months. Chelsey was also part of the relay team that achieved qualification for Tokyo at the Fina World Championships. Lea Muellner was a close second in the record tally with 18.

Sam Brown, at 16 years, won the Age Group Swimmer of the year after his record breaking year domestically and most recently over at the Australian State Championships in Canberra.

The swimmer awards were rounded off by Erin Knox winning the Swimmer with a Disability award, the first time the award has not gone to Mary Fisher. A representation of Erin's year where she has excelled regionally and at AIMs Games in Tauranga.


The Junior Coach of the year went to Ben Walsh. Ben continues to take Porirua City Aquatics to new horizons as he coaches a young group of swimmers who have swept the board at many junior swim meets over the last year.

The Age Group Coach of the Year went to Aidan Withington, who will be signing of with Capital at the end of the year. Aidan has built the strong foundations at Capital over the last three and a half years and his replacement will have large shoes to fill.

Gary Hollywood once again picked up the Opens coach of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, having coached both Lewis and Chelsey to international success and having taken home 20 of the 21 Wellington medals at national Opens this year.

Sharon Pippos won her second Club Contributor of the Year award, an award that is well deserved after her tireless work for Capital Swim Club over the last 12 months. Sharon's dedication to the sport has been over a number of years and is known for her 'can-do' attitude. The Volunteer Coach of the Year went to Eileen Adams, who has been coaching in a volunteer capacity for over 50 years, unchartered territory.

Jacqui Forsythe (Honours), Andrew McFarlane (Service) and Jacqueline Ollivier (Service) were all presented with the awards for continuous long service volunteering for the region. All have played a huge part in the running of swimming meets and coaching within Wellington over a number of years.

The two inaugural club awards for 2019 were awarded to Pirates Swim Team (Club fo the Year) and Masterton Swimming Club (Tier 1 series winner), representing two clubs who have achieved success over the last 12 months.

Pirates Swim Team, based in Karori, have buit a club on family values and place a priority on diversity and inclusion. A rebranding in 2019, coupled with strong fundraising events have help build the club profile. This, along with a well structured swimmer pathway, headed up by Steve Francis and Liam Neal, led to the club winning the Club of the Year award.

Masterton Swimming Club have had succes this year in the Tier 1 series. Their success has seen them win the prize for the club with the largest % increase in points over the 2018 and 2019 series. This represents a developing and talented pool of swimmers in the Wairarapa aged 13 years and over.


Full list of Regional award winners

Jacqui Forsythe PIRATES
Andrew McFarlane CAPITAL
Jacqueline Ollivier RAUMATI 
Club Contributor of the Year
Sharon Pippos CAPITAL
Volunteer Coach of the Year
Eileen Adams PCA
Age Group Coach of the Year 
Aidan Withington Capital
Junior Coach of the Year 
Ben Walsh PCA
Opens Coach of the Year 
Gary Hollywood CAPITAL
Opens Coach of the Year 
Gary Hollywood CAPITAL
Coach of the Year 
Gary Hollywood CAPITAL
Swimmer of the Year with a Disability
Erin Knox SZR
Best Individual Performance
Lewis Clareburt CAPITAL
Selectors Trophy
Chelsey Edwards CAPITAL
Age Group Swimmer of the Year
Tier 1 Series Winner
Masterton Swimming Club
Club of The Year
Pirates Swim Team
Swimmer of the Year
Lewis Clareburt CAPITAL