Mariners graduate four swimmers from program

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Pictou County Mariners graduating swimmers pose for a photo during their annual swim banquet. From left: Tara Fanning (coach), Kristin MacKinnon, Emily Cyr, Shania Wong, Tim Ferris and Ed Stewart (head coach). 

PICTOU – The Pictou County Mariners recently wrapped up their season at their annual swim banquet. It was an eventful year with awards given out at the banquet for both Nova Tech swimmers and aged group swimmers.

The Nova Tech awards included rookie of the year (Grace Hendshaw), Nova Tech most promising swimmer (Samantha Reid) and Nova tech MVP award (Jamie Scott-Barter).

Aged group awards included most improved swimmer (Samantha McNeil) and the spirit award (Aaron Day). Top awards were handed out to the age group swimmers as well. Top 12-and-under swimmer went to Myla Briand, top 13- to 14-year-old swimmer went to Noah Joudrie, top 15-and-over swimmer went to Shania Wong, and MVP of the year also went to Wong.

This year the club is graduating four swimmers from the program. Emily Cyr, a graduate from Northumberland Regional High School, will be attending Dalhousie University for sciences and was a member of the team for the past 10 years.

Tim Ferris, a graduate from North Nova Education Centre, was a member of the team for seven years and will be attending the Skill Link Employability Program. Ferris is also a member of Canada’s Special Olympics swim team and recently competed in Vancouver where he received seven medals.

Wong, also a graduate from NNEC, will be attending Acadia University for Kinesiology. Wong was a member of the team for the past six years and will be continuing swimming as a varsity recruit with the Acadia Axewomen.

Kristin MacKinnon, a Pictou Academy graduate, will also be attending Acadia University for Kinesiology. MacKinnon was a member of the team for the past 12 years and is also a varsity recruit continuing swimming with the Axewomen.

Both Wong and Mackinnon were recruited back in November by head coach Chris Stone. It has been a number of years since the team has had a varsity recruit and they are very excited for them to be continuing in the sport.

The four graduating swimmers presented their coaches, Ed Stewart (head coach), Tara Fanning, Laura Roper and Graham MacLeod, each with a graduation group photograph of the four of them, which was organized at the start of the year.

Aged group coaches Stewart and Fanning presented each of the graduating swimmers a parting gift – a custom Pictou County Mariners towel that included the number of years each swimmer had been on the team.

The 2014-15 season for the Mariners begins in September with a 10-week free trial for anyone who is interested in joining the team. For more information contact club president Shaun Briand at 485-8349.

Organizations: Mariners, Nova Tech, North Nova Education Centre Acadia University for Kinesiology Northumberland Regional High School Dalhousie University Special Olympics Pictou Academy

Geographic location: Pictou County, Canada, Vancouver

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