On November 7th, 40 odd people gathered at Aberdeen Boat Club to celebrate another season paddling with a red shirt on. This year was particularly special as we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Cheryl Fender told the story of how the club was formed. And as fate would have it, the man that helped set up and coach that first bunch of women (Andy Cummings) was with us that night! Cheryl went on to talk about how Andy has since passed the coaching torch on to his wife (Anna Mathisen), who has help us set up our Outrigging team over the last few years. The men’s and women’s captains (Gareth Page and Vicki Easton) also said a few words to the team.
Whilst the night was complete with an open bar and loads of amazing food, the primary focus of the night was to recap and reflect on a great year. This was largely accomplished with a fantastic presentation from Darren Fender along with the annual trophy auction (20 in total) to raise valuable funds for the club.
Finally, on top of a Stormy’s welcome to some of our newest teammates, we also gave out a few awards as well…
Most Improved Male – Andrew Bancroft
Most Improved Female – Michelle Lau
Most Training Sessions attended – Cecillia Fabrizio
Best Club Spirit – Deanne Young
Worst Injury – David Horniblow
Best non-swimmer – Steve Lam
So while our evening reflecting on the 2015 season was one to remember, the crew is very ready to focus on the coming paddling season… Bring on 2016!