The President’s Award is given at the discretion of the MSABC President. It is not awarded annually. It is meant to recognize an extraordinary individual in the Masters’ swimming community.
This year, MSABC would like to recognize an individual who we believe has enriched our community by brining us together in a hard-working fun filled kind of way.
This year MSABC would like to recognize Dale Robinson with the President’s Award.
If you were one of the lucky 30 or so people who jumped into an outdoor pool twice a day for a week in Maui and swam somewhere around 50 kilometers during that time – you understand exactly why this individual has been chosen. The magic here was not just that he made swimming 50 kilometers fun, it was also that he created an opportunity for a group of people to immerse themselves in the culture of swimming.
And then when he was done, he furthered his commitment to Masters swimming by donating a significant portion of the proceeds from the week to the Masters Swimming community by increasing MSABC’s endowment with the Vancouver Foundation.
The Ted Simpson Achievement Award goes to the registered MSABC Masters Swimmer who has achieved distinguished results in the current year swim season.
Results from Worlds, Nationals, Provincials, and local meets, improvement in personal best times, overcoming injury, illness and/or disability will be considered for this award.
This award is presented in memory of Ted Simpson, a valued coach of the Vancouver Y Torpedoes from 1960 – 67 and in later years, a Masters swimmers coach.
Ted made swimming fun and made swimmers feel good about themselves. He was interested in all who came under his tutelage. As Ted valued achievement in all forms, this award is a fitting memorial to Ted and how he lived his life.
This years recipient of the Ted Simpson Achievement Award is Rosemary Kelsall.
A devoted mom, coach, community member and athlete, Rosemary lives in Revelstoke where she works as a medical doctor. With everything else going on in her life she manages to put her time in at workouts and perform well at all of our meets.
Rosemary has not let the challenges of traveling, parenting, working and volunteering get in the way of achieving personal bests. She is a solid swimmer who places well. She is hardworking, focused, determined and giving. At the 2012 US Nationals, she was a leader for the BC swimmers continuously cheering and filming everyone. She won gold medals in both the 100 Breaststroke and 100 Backstroke races.
It is with honor that we add Rosemary’s name to the list of our other outstanding swimmers that have helped keep our sport exciting and alive in British Columbia.