32nd Annual Swimming presentation evening

On Friday 2nd December JCB Lakeside club hosted Dove Valley’s 32nd annual swimming presentation evening, celebrating this years club championships. The events which took place at Denstone college and Uttoxeter Leisure Centre included the usual 25m, 50m, 100m and 200metre races along with the 800metre race for girls and the 1500metre race for the boys. This is the highlight of the year for the clubs members and their families celebrating the swimmers achievements.

The evening started with the Chairman John Plant telling everyone “Dove Valley has had a great year and continues to grow as a club and this is due to the dedication of all the swimmers, coaches and parents helping Dove Valley to be successful.” He added “With Adam Peaty’s medals in Rio giving the club recognition it had inspired existing swimmers to train harder and had attracted new members to the club.”

The awards presentation was crammed with personal bests, championship records and new club records, ranging from age 8 years to the open age group category and saw medals galore awarded to those in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as shields for each age group along with special cups and trophies.
In the junior boys, the 8 year old boys winner was Lewis Atherton, the 9 year old category winner was William Bulmer who also took the overall junior boys Adshead Shield, whilst the 10year old category winner was Harry Fryer. In the junior girls the 8 year old category was won by Zoe Barnes, the 9 year old category won by Mae McPherson and Amy-Lee Jones won the 10year old category and was also the overall junior girl’s winner of the Lewis shield.


In the intermediate boys, Ben Twynham won the 11 year category Davies Shield whilst Tom Dunn took the 12 year old category and Ben Simon won the 13year category. Taking the Lavin shield and was the overall intermediate boys champion was Tom Dunn, whilst in the girls Lucy Oldham won the 11 year old category, with Olivia Gregory taking the 12 year old category and Lucy Rogers and Rowan Hall the 13 year old category. The overall intermediate champion was Olivia Gregory.

Harvey Grills was the boy’s 14 year old trophy winner in the senior category with Jonathon Davis taking the open Bloor cup along with the Overall Boys Senior champion title.

Amongst the girls Charlotte Mountford won the 14 year old Bettaney Scroll and the overall senior girl’s title whilst Bryony Hall took the girls open L.C cup.

Jayne Egerton was presented with the president’s award for the time and dedication she has given to the club for many years as a coach poolside and introducing land training, but also for the hard work she put in Organising the Anniversary ball which was a huge success and raised enough money to be able to take all the swimmers to the Olympic pool for a training session in 2018.  

Heather Hall and Jessica Davies were awarded the Dove Valley Club Shield for their time and support given to the club.  The Jason Hough trophy which is awarded to male swimmers who always train without complaint and with enthusiasm was awarded to Nico Tsiamis whilst the Rupert Hough trophy awarded to female swimmers went to Bea Egerton.


The evening was attended by the Deputy Mayor Alison Trenery who presented several trophies during the evening and told us “It was a delight to attend the Dove Valley presentation evening and see such a positive celebration of the children’s achievements and of the commitment of families and volunteers who have supported them so willingly throughout the year, I wish them every success in 2017” 

With Adam Peaty’s great successes this year, John Plant went on to inspire the swimmers “The sky is your limit if you train hard, and work hard, he is an excellent example of what you can achieve if you are dedicated, and train with enthusiasm.” John finished by wishing all the swimmers a successful 2017.


Swimmer of the Month Award

Each month all swimmers in the first session and those in lane 1 are eligible to be nominated for swimmer of the month. Swimmers are nominated because they work and try hard, have good attendance, good behaviour and sportsmanship.


Each coach nominates for each lane they teach over the week (they can receive more than one nomination) and then Diane Guyah (our head coach) will select the winner.


The winner gets the trophy to keep for the month, a certificate and £10.


The club celebrates its 31st Annual Presentation night

JCB Lakeside was the venue for Dove Valley’s Annual Presentation Night where all swimmers’ achievements throughout the year and the results of the Club Championships were finally revealed.


Hundreds of medals and trophies were awarded following what has been one of Dove Valley’s most successful years. All age groups were celebrated with children taking to the podium to receive their well-earned moments of glory!


Also in attendance were councillor Whittaker, Mr and Mrs Hough and Bernard Broadhurst who are long standing supporters of the club and who presented the awards during the evening.


The Hough Trophy for Endeavour was awarded to James Watts, Rowan Hall and Jessica Davies for their dedication to their swimming.


The Whittacker Trophy for Long Term Supporters went to Marguerite, Heather and Bryony Hall who go above and beyond to help others with their swimming development.


Overall Intermediate Boys Champion was Harvey Grills, while the overall Intermediate girl champion was Olivia Gregory who has racked up a series of Personal Bests and records this year.


Overall Junior boys champion was Alex Tsnamis and the Overall Junior girls champions were Amy-Lee Jones and Annabelle Mycock.


In other catagories:


U8 boys champion – Bruce Pell

U9 Boys champion – Luke Curtis

U9 girls champion – Amy-Lee Jones

U10 boys champion – Ben Twynham and Alex Tsnamis

U10 girls champion – Lucy Oldham and Annabelle Mycock

U11 boys champion – Thomas Dunn

U11 girls champion – Olivia Gregory

U12 boys champion – Nico Tsnamis and Thomas Barnes

U12 girls champion – Caitlyn Poole

U13 boys champion – Harvey Grills

U13 girls champion – Bea Egerton

Senior girls champion – Bryony Hall

Senior boys champion – Jonathan Davies


The club wishes to extend huge thanks to the team of volunteers, especially the coaches who give up a vast amount of time without whose  effort the club would not be able to run.


Dove Valley look forward to even more success in 2016 when the club will celebrate its 30 year anniversary with a Black Tie Ball at Burton Albion. Tickets available from Jayne Egerton.

The 30th Annual Presentation night

JCB Lakeside Club hosted Dove Valley's 30th annual swimming presentation evening, celebrating this years club championships.


The evening started with Chairman John Plant addressing everyone saying 2014 had been a difficult year with the closure of Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, in which the swimmers have had to adapt and change, in particular to new training schedules and to a 25 yard pool instead of 25 metre.


He said "A big thanks must go to all the swimmers, coaches and parents who have been a great support throughout the year helping Dove Valley maintain success."

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