An important part of the club's philosophy is to recognize effort and achievement in our swimmers. Swimmers are recognized in a variety of ways throughout the season.
Season & Legacy Awards
Coach's Choice Award
This award is presented to a swimmer in each group (male or female) who demonstrates the greatest improvement, dedication, and attitude, and embodies the values of Lakeshore Swim Club.
Mary and Walter Sheretko Award
This award is presented to a 10&U swimmer who displays dedication to swimming. Dedication is defined as hard work, listening skills, team support, attendance and other intangible qualities. This award is named in honour of Mary who has given so much of herself to the Lakeshore Swim Club. Mary has given freely of her time, energy and commitment for over 30 years.
Fred Sheffield Award
This award is presented to a 11-12 swimmer who is beginning to understand both the practice and competition sides of the sport. This swimmer has demonstrated a maturity beyond their years both in their commitment to practice and the management of their own races. Fred Sheffield coached Lakeshore Swim Club through its transitional years following the passing of Gus Ryder.
Dianne Vento Award – Memorial Coaches Award
This award is presented to a 13-14 swimmer who shows not only dedication to the club but also leadership skills and the ability to motivate others (both through their own performance and by helping to enhance others). This award was named in honour of Dianne Vento who coached with the club for over 8 years and passed away suddenly in 1995.
Bob Driscoll Award
This award is presented to a senior (15&O) swimmer showing good sportsmanship, leadership and dedication to the club. This swimmer sets an example and high standard of achievement for the entire club. This award was created to recognize the work of Bob Driscoll who coached the team following Mary Sheretko's retirement.
Jim and Edith Curry Award
This award is presented to a swimmer who is dedicated to swimming improvement by working hard, attending practice and performing at their peak throughout the meet schedule. Although the focus is on competitive achievement it is recognized that this would not have occurred without great practice attendance, positive attitude and the support of teammates. This award was named in honour of Jim and Edith Curry who both worked for the club for over 50 years. Jim was the head coach and Edith was the treasurer. Both Jim and Edith were with Gus Ryder from the beginning. When Mr. Curry passed away, he bequeathed $5,000 to the competitive side of Lakeshore Swim Club.
Swim Excellence Awards
These awards are presented to all swimmers who achieve a minimum of 5% improvement in both the 200FR and 200IM over the course of the season. Either SC or LC improvement may be used for either event. If a swimmer does not have a best time in these events from a preceding season, their first swim of the season will be considered the starting point.
Most Improved Swimmer
This award is presented to the swimmer in each group with the highest percentage of improvement in all events that the swimmer has raced during the year, using LC results only. Each swimmer’s best times from the previous season are compared against their best times at the end of the year. If a swimmer does not have a best time in an event from a preceding season, their best times will be compared against the first swim of the season. Events that have not shown improvement are not included in the calculation. Swimmers must show improvement in at least 8 events to be eligible. The sum of all percentage improvements is divided by the number of events raced to calculate each swimmer’s average improvement percentage.
Top Age Group Award
Swimmers who post times ranked in the top 50 in Ontario at the end of the year for their age category are recognized. Age categories are 10&U, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17. For each swim ranked in the top 50, the FINA point value corresponding to that swim is added to the swimmer's score. Both SC and LC swims count toward the total. Swimmers are ranked by total score, and the male and female swimmers with the highest score wins the award. (If a swimmer earns the same award in two categories, the swimmer shall win the award in the older category only)
Swimmers who broke club records during the season are recognized.
Swimmer of the Year
This award is presented to one female and one male swimmer (of any age) who achieves the highest FINA point score in a single event, using LC performances only. Swimmers must be registered with LSC prior to December 1st in order to be eligible.
Swimmer of the Month
Every month a swimmer from each of our competitive groups is recognized for their achievements around the pool. Swimmers are selected based on meet performance and improvement, attendance, sportsmanship, positive attitude, work ethic, team spirit and leadership.