2015 Ted Simpson Achievement Award

The Ted Simpson Achievement Award goes to a registered MSABC Masters Swimmer with distinguished results in the current year swim season, improvement in personal best times or overcoming injury, illness and/or disability.

This years top three nominees are:

Alex Cape
Last year, Alex tore her ACL while playing hockey. After the injury she continued to train for a 70 km solo swim Cowichan Lake which she completed last summer. This year she trained she underwent surgery in January . She was out of the water no more than 2 weeks and is now training for a 105km swim.

Annelle Harmer
Annelle embodies everything that is great about masters swimming. It was in her mid-thirties that she discovered Masters Swimming and since that time has become a force in the women’s mid and distance freestyle. Over the past few years she has suffered a number of personal tragedies. Through it all, swimming remained her constant, her life saver. And this year she has been able to put all of her energies back into her passion with amazing results.

Colleen Nelson
Colleen is one of those quiet swimmers who has achieved great results over the years. She is ranked first in the world in 2014 for the 50 breaststroke and in the top 10 for 8 other events. She won the 50 breaststroke at the World Championships in Montreal and she was the fastest Canadian in all her 7 events at last year’s Nationals in Windsor. Colleen also broke three Canadian records last season, in the 50 free, 100 free and 50 fly.

The 2015 Ted Simpson Achievement Award winner is Annelle Harmer

She embodies everything that is great about Masters swimming, and everything that was great about our former coach, the late Ted Simpson. This award is intended to honour not only triumphs in the pool but also triumphs in life, and she has demonstrated both. It was only in her mid-thirties that she discovered Masters swimming and, over the years, has become a force in women’s middle & distance freestyle, earning herself several FINA Top 10 Masters rankings.

These past two and a half years, though, she has gone through mental and emotional trauma that luckily few of us will ever experience .. her sister was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of breast cancer in June of 2012, her brother was murdered in August 2012 and then her mother died in October 2012 from brain cancer. Overwhelmed with these life tragedies, the only thing that kept her going was that 6pm practice. It was the one constant in her life and one of the few things she could count on. Swimming was her church, her therapy – the one thing that she felt she still had some degree of control over. Surrounded by her teammates & coaches, she could escape, at least for that hour, into that ‘other’ place that all us swimmers go. Her sister eventually passed away in August 2014. Through it all, swimming remained her constant, her life saver and this year, she has, once again, put her all of her energies back into her passion with amazing results in the pool. She’s back!

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One Comment on “2015 Ted Simpson Achievement Award”

  1. LF says:

    Well done, Annelle! You are a most deserving recipient of this award. You inspire me day-in and day-out with your hard work and determination in the pool. Good luck at Nationals!


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