Leicester Sharks bags two prestigious awards at the Blaby LSA Sports Awards
It's not often that you see our Director of Swimming in anything other than 'poolside chic' (shorts and t-shirt). But on Tuesday 24th November, something was clearly afoot.
Because not only was Guy Worrow wearing proper shoes, he was also sporting a shirt.
He'd been nominated for the Blaby District Learning Sports Alliance (LSA), 'Coach of the Year' award.
And it wasn't just Guy who was looking sharp.
Diddy Team Captains, Millie and Louis were present, along with Declan and Neve as representatives of the Diddy Team. All looking more spruced up than normal (loved the shoes, Neve!).
Because our incredible Diddy League Team had been nominated for the Blaby LSA 'Young Team of the Year' award for their recent, historic performance. The one where they made the national semi final of the Arena junior league.
All very exciting.
And although we could drag this out and keep the suspense building...if you've read the title of this blog, you already know what happened.
Not only was Guy Worrow named Coach of the Year by Blaby LSA, our Diddy League Team won the award for 'Young Team of the Year'.
It's a huge personal achievement for Guy and well-deserved for the hours he puts in coaching, mentoring and stressing about our swimmers. Brilliant work Mr Worrow!
(Scroll down for our mini interview with Sir Guy.)
For the Diddy League team, it's fantastic recognition for the work that the entire team put in to get the club to the national semi final of the Arena junior league.
That includes all the swimmers who were part of that memorable night in Wolverhampton at the Diddy League Final, AND those who were then selected for the national semi final.
Without each individual swim we would not have made it.
We applaud you all!
In light of Guy's recent award, we caught up with him at the after party as he propped up the bar (jokes, it was O.J. all evening), and asked him a few questions.
Guy, was there a particular highlight to the Diddy League Final when we secured our place at the national semi final?
The highlight for me has to be Xeimon bringing home the final cannon in first place, metres ahead, gaining a Diddy record and punching the air at the end. The noise was incredible and I was massively proud of the team.
What has been the coaching high point of the year so far?
There have been a number of highlights this year for me. They include, reaching the Arena junior league regional final, our massive successes at the LASAs and the individual successes for swimmers at regional and national level.
Reaching the Diddy league northern final was obviously huge, but the biggest success for me is seeing individuals strive to be the best they can. They work so hard in the pool and I feel really proud as I see them improve.
I really believe that success in the pool with regards to swimming targets/goals, and the discipline that's required to achieve those goals, really sets swimmers up for life.
What is it that motivates you to get out of bed at silly o' clock?
The "Thank you Guy" at the end of the session. And because I must be a little bit mad.