Thursday, May 30, 2024

Young swimmer honoured with Mount Gambier sports award

City of Mount Gambier Council has named talented local swimmer, Vaughn Stratford, as the 2022 City of Mount Gambier Junior Sports Assistance Fund Exceptional Junior.

The local athlete received a cheque for $1,500 at a ceremony this week.

Council says the Exceptional Junior award acknowledges exceptional commitment and skills to achieve excellence in their chosen sport. The awardee is selected based on their ability to reach their fullest potential and willingness to give back to their sport.

Vaughn is a member of the Mount Gambier Swimming Club, commencing competitive swimming in 2015. In South Australia, Vaughn is in the top five swimmers for 50m breaststroke, and top 10 for 100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke.

At the 2023 SA Country Swimming Championships held at Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre, Vaughn received a silver medal for the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

In addition to his many swimming successes, Vaughn is committed to giving back to the sport by coaching new and younger swimmers. Not only does he teach correct technique and provide insight into race requirements, but more importantly, he encourages swimmers to give their best.Mount Gambier Swimming Club Vice President Lauren Oxlade

“Vaughn leads by example, with outstanding sportsmanship, especially in the competition environment. He is very supportive of all swimmers in his Club and other participants,” Ms Oxlade said.

The award is funded as part of an annual donation of $3,000 from the Mount Gambier Commercial Club to support junior sportspeople in the region. The 2022 award brings the Mount Gambier Commercial Club contribution to the fund to more than $46,000 over 22 years.

“The fund is very grateful for the ongoing support from the Commercial Club. Thanks to this partnership with the fund, we have seen many local athletes supported to reach their fullest sporting potential,” said Mayor, Lynette Martin OAM.

“We are very proud to support junior athletes to excel in their chosen sport. We wish Vaughn every success in his future.”

“Thank you to all sporting groups who submitted applications for this award.”

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