Shanklin's Christmas dinner saw the awarding of the newly reinstated club awards. After several years of absence the club have introduced six new trophies to award at the end of each season. The six trophies are across three categories, with a trophy for both Men and Women.
Despite a tough decision process given the vast amounts of success
Cadet Oarsman of the Year -Ethan Walters
At only 11 years of age when the season began, Ethan competed in many J16 events throughout the Hants and Dorset season, going on to earn a silver medal in the South Coast Championships in the J16 Quad. His successful season came to an end with two wins at Itchen Imperial Junior Regatta. All of this was often achieved against older opposition, an amazing achievement!
Cadet Oarswomen of the Year - Mia Phelan
Given her vast array of notable successes by the end of the season, few would believe that at the time of writing in December, Mia has been rowing for well under a year! Quickly picking up the ropes after starting in the summer, Mia eventually rowed at the South Coast Championships in a Ladies Junior Four that won their heat, before earning a win at Itchen Junior Regatta in October! Imagine if she'd had a whole winter to prepare!
Most Improved Oarsman of the Year - Jamie Gamble
Jamie trained hard all winter with his pairs partner Henry, and has perhaps taken on the most new challenges of all Shanklin rowers this year, learning to row both the pair and the single scull competently within the last year, earning him a J16 sculls win at our home regatta. His season was relevantly and deservedly topped off with his win as part of the Men's J/S Four at South Coast in September.
Most Improved Oarswomen of the Year - Emily Andre
Emily earns this award after her first racing season for Shanklin. With an extremely hard work ethic Emily's fitness went from strength to strength and sheplayed an important part in the successful season of her four, which was promoted to Junior status. Emily was eventually selected to row in the Ladies Junior A boat at the South Coast Rowing Championships!
Oarsman of the Year - Alex Robertson
After earning Shanklin's first ever Senior Sculls win last season, Alex improved on last seasons results, leading the Hants and Dorset championship before just missing out on taking Shanklins first ever Mens Senior championship in the final race of the season. Solace was found in the shape of his win at the South Coast Championships as part of the Mens J/S Four and 5 Mixed Doubles and Four events throughout the season.
Oarswomen of the Year - Daisy Faithful
Daisy achieved something most rowers new to sculling can only dream of. In arguably the most difficult discipline in the sport, Daisy won both her first and second Novice sculls events before proving herself to be the best of the rest in a well dominated Ladies Junior Sculls championship this year. This was in addition to her bronze medal at the NJIRC, wins in J16 events and two mixed fours wins to cap off an impressive season from the 16 year old!