Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club recognise their young stars with Jack Petchey awards
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Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club are not only finally back in the pool and training but they are also starting to resume a normal club life - including presentations of important awards.
Jack Petchey awards came out of the foundation of the same name, set up by Sir Jack Petchey to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex.
Inspired by his experiences as a struggling youngster, Sir Jack’s generosity ensures all winners’ clubs, schools or youth organisations benefit.
Since 2000 the Foundation has invested over £124 million to support and encourage young people to reach their full potential.
To celebrate the long-awaited return to swimming, the club recently presented the awards to some of the members, who join a long list of members to receive them.
Recipients for the delayed 2020 awards were Eliza Westcott, for her hard work in improving times, technique and fitness and Damon Elliot, for being a superb role model and staying focused on achieving his goals.
They were joined by Ellis McQuade, for his determination in training and positive attitude towards his peers, and Dalen Kurmanbayev for always giving 100 per cent in training through listening and taking on board advice from his coaches.
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The 2021 recipients included Arianne Van de Ende, for her renewed focus and hard work since returning to training and Josh Toms, for his dedication to the club especially assisting in coaching academy swimmers.
The other two were Ellie Dinning, for commitment to training whilst juggling long days at school, and Logan Axzel, for his team spirit and fantastic positive attitude.
Training sessions continue under the watchful eyes of head coach Darren Tucker and his assistant Jamie McLaughlin, along with the club's dedicated group of poolside volunteers.
For more information on the club, go to www.dunmowatlantis.co.uk
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