Winners of the Autumn 2019 Jack Petchey award

 

MARION COLE - SPRINT PERFORMANCE SQUAD

Marion has been chosen as one of our two Jack Petchey award winners because of how the nominations spoke of her bravery and determination in the face of back problems and how she dealt with the after-effects of two very serious operations that followed. After surgery, she came back to training as soon as she was able and within quite a short space of time, got herself up to her previous fitness levels and competed in both regional and national competitions, as well as continuing with her membership of the National Talent group. This is an amazing achievement and it’s clear her teammates are moved by her will to succeed and passion for swimming. It was summed up with the comment “Marion is an inspiration to others’. Marion commented ‘I feel privileged to be acknowledged by my team mates for this award and would like to thank everyone that voted for me’.

Marion will spend the £250 prize money on some some swim parachutes and resistance bands for the club.

FRANCES NEWE - PERFORMANCE SQUAD

Frances has won a Jack Petchey award because of her positive attitude & dedication to both swimming and her academic work throughout her GCSE exam period this year. Her Dulwich Dolphin team mates were impressed with how Frances kept up a full training schedule, which resulted in winning gold at the British nationals in July, quickly followed by great success in her GCSEs in August. This commitment and self-discipline is something all swimmers can recognise and aspire to as demonstrated by the nominations Frances received for the Award. Comments such as: “She went to all her training while doing her GCSE’s so I tried to do the same” and “She is a really positive and nice person to be around” are a credit to Frances and we are pleased to acknowledge her hard work with this Award. Frances commented ''It's always great to win but to be selected for an award by your peers is particularly special and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate me.''

Frances will spend her prize money on two backstroke wedges and the club will contribute a further 4 to make up a full 6.