The first night of announcements for Swimming Canada’s Big Splash Awards were dominated by SwimBC athletes. The awards were announced and presented in conjunction with the Canada Cup meet in Toronto on November 23.
Starting things off, two UBCD swimmers were named the Swimming Canada Junior (18&U) Swimmers of the Year. Noemie Thomas had a breakout year, making finals at the World Championships in 100 Fly, earning Female Junior Swimmer of the Year, while Luke Reilly earned Male Junior Swimmer of the Year recognition based in strong part on his 5th-place finish and record-breaking swim in 400IM at the World Junior Championships.
Emily Overholt (WVOSC) won Female Youth (16&U) Swimmer of the Year for her bronze-medal-winning performance in 400IM, also at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
Each of their coaches - Tom Johnson (Thomas), Brian Johns (Reilly) and Janusz Kaczmarek (Overholt) also received a SNC/CSCTA Coach of the Year award for their swimmer’s performance.
Also recognized on the first night of the Big Splash were the six Victor Davis Memorial Bursary recipients, which included Kelly Aspinall (UBCD) and Jon McKay (UVPCS).