Swim Nova Scotia would typically have announced the awards for the 2019-2020 season during the 2020 Candy Cane Invitational in December – which of course did not take place due to COVID-19. However, we are pleased to recognize our award recipients in a virtual format today!
The following individuals had exceptional performances and have made significant contributions to the sport of swimming in our Province
Female Swimmer of the Year – University: Isabel Sarty, Dalhousie Tigers
Isabel earned herself two 4th place finishes in the 100m & 200m Freestyle and a bronze medal at the U Sports Championships in Victoria in the women’s 50m Freestyle.
Female Swimmer of the Year: Marion Synishin, Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club
At the 2020 Nova Scotia David Fry Provincial Championships in Halifax, she finished first and broke the 50m Breaststroke 15-17 Provincial Record.
PARA Female Swimmer of the Year: Natasha Sexton-Quillan, Sackville Waves Aquatic Team
Natasha finished earned four gold medals at the 2020 Nova Scotia David Fry Provincial Championships in Halifax in the Para 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m & 100m Freestyle events. Last season, her top swim in the 100m Backstroke ranked her 24th in the Amended World Rankings.
Male Swimmer of the Year – University: Christian Payne, Dalhousie Tigers
At the U Sports Swimming Championships in Victoria, he finished 13th overall in the 100m Backstroke and 9thin the 50m Backstroke.
Male Swimmer of the Year: Liam Ferguson, Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club
During the 2020 Nova Scotia David Fry Provincial Championships in Halifax, Liam had first place finishes in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke, and the 50m Butterfly. He wrapped up Champs winning the 16 & Over/OPEN High Point Award.
PARA Male Swimmer of the Year: Danial Murphy, Canada Games Centre Swim Team
During the 2020 Nova Scotia David Fry Provincial Championships in Halifax, Danial achieved bronze medals in the Para 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m & 100m Freestyle events. His performance in the 200m Freestyle last season ranked him 23rd in the Amended World Rankings – thus giving him an invitation to the 2021 Paralympic Swimming Trials.
PARA Coach of the Year: Kevin Ross, Canada Games Centre Swim Team
Kevin coached Danial Murphy to the highest-ranking Para Swimmer during the 2019-2020 season and earned him an invitation to the 2021 Paralympic Swimming Trials.
Development Coach of the Year: Kevin Dupuis, Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club
Kevin has been working with the Crusaders for seven years. He is the coach leading in the background, working persistently with kids who do not have recognizable basic skills; building their skills, confidence and passion for the sport. Last season was unlike no other, and Kevin continued to share his knowledge, experiences and passion with many swimmers during challenging times.
Performance Coach of the Year – University: Lance Cansdale, Dalhousie Tigers
Lance coached Isabel Sarty and Christian Payne to the highest University ranked swimmers during the 2019-2020 season at the 2020 U Sports Championships. He coached the women’s Tigers to win the 2020 AUS Swimming Championships and earned himself the 2020 AUS Female Coach of the Year.
Performance Coach of the Year: Mark McGrann, Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club
Mark coached Marion Synishin and Liam Ferguson to the highest ranked age group aggregate performances last season for their performances at the 2020 Nova Scotia David Fry Provincial Championships. The Trojans earned five NS Provincial Records and captured all three overall team awards at the meet winning the Top Overall Team Award, Top Female Team Award and Top Male Team Award.
Official of the Year: Adam Sarty, Dalhousie Tigers & Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club
As an active Senior Official at many sanctioned meets through the 2019-2020 swim-season, Adam could most often be found in the ‘perch’ at Dalplex pool running the electronic timing system. Last season, he oversaw the electronic timing system at every meet that took place at Dalplex, trained and mentored many new officials to take on the Chief Judge Electronics position.
Volunteer of the Year: Sue Jackson, Acadia Varsity Swim Team & Wolfville Tritons Swim Club
As the President of Swim Nova Scotia through the 2019-2020 swim-season, Sue helped guide the membership through the beginnings of a global pandemic and was instrumental in key decision making and helping the membership return to the pool when the Provincial Government deemed it safe.
Congratulations to all recipients and to all members who continue to play a significant role in advancing swimming in our Province!