The Guelph Synchronized Swim Club Athlete of the Year Award is an award given out annually to an athlete who has demonstrated throughout the synchro season (September-May/June) their outstanding contribution to the sport. This athlete is not necessarily the strongest athlete, but is the athlete that stands out at Guelph for some of the following reasons.
Dedicated to the sport:
- has never missed a practice, always on time, always prepared to swim, first one in the pool
- has a sunny disposition and uplifts others around them. This athlete demonstrates good coachable traits (following instructions, able to work with others) and always puts her team first.
- this can be either a team leader or leadership at the club level (helping out other swimmers and being a mentor). Athlete has great cooperation with all teammates, club mates and coaches, while demonstrating perseverance, honesty and reliability.
- this athlete volunteers her time when she is not at her own practices
- this person achieved a goal that they have been working on for a long time no matter how big or small
- at a competition this athlete had an amazing performance that was above and beyond their usual accomplishments (this can be in one area, not result driven). This athlete shows great potential to achieve greatness.
- respects other competitors and goes out of their way to congratulate fellow athletes at competition. She demonstrates good behaviour, respect and consideration for all coaches, fellow athletes and club members.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria:
- The nominees must be a registered athlete with the Guelph Synchronized Swim Club
- Nominations must be based upon the current Guelph Synchronized Swim Club season (September – May)
- Only one athlete per year will be recognized at the year-end celebration.
- The Head Coach will deliberate with the all other Competitive Stream coaches to assess/evaluate swimmers against criteria to determine the recipient of this award.
- The Head Coach may decide that all competitive athletes will vote (by ballot) to determine the recipient of this award.
This award was established in 2012 by Louise McIntyre, one of GSSC’s former presidents. Eligibility and selection criteria cannot be changed without discussion with the donor.