Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Year End Party

This year has flown by so fast! Where does the time go.

Thank you so much to Donna, Shellie, Mary and everyone else who put that party together. Really well done and I had a great time watching everyone else have so much fun. A special thank you also to Paul for MC-ing.

When I joined the team 5 seasons ago, we had around 40-50 swimmers and the award winners were easy to select. Now, with over 200 HHBF swimmers, its SO hard! Thats why in October 2010 we will be having our first annual awards banquette where we will celebrate the particular achievements of our athletes from the previous season (Central Region qualifiers, Medalists, Provincial Qualifiers, Medalists, National qualifiers, Medalists). We have had so much success at these levels, it becomes really difficult to recognize all the people that deserve it without making the evening 4 hours long. We also do not have enough awards in our current system to recognize everyone. I feel that these achievements need to be recognized and appreciated AND announced to the rest of the team in order to inspire the others to do the same.

Lots of changes for next season and lots more success to come. I can't wait!

Please wish our Blue Fins luck for Provincials and Nationals. We have a lot of time left in this season and a lot of work to do. I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Karl Massey and Mitchell Krafczek have officially been selected to join me in Sudbury on the Ontario Summer Games Team (representing Central Region). Please congratulate them when you see them. This is a HUGE deal for HHBF and we should all be proud that they are representing HHBF on this team. Elizabeth Skuriat was also selected for this team but declined due to her injury. We will miss her A LOT this summer!

Mike Thompson
Head Coach