Story By: Michelle Martin
Photos: David & Michelle Martin
Despite the lack of a result from the Interclub Championship Triathlon in Mandurah on Sunday, the North Coast Sundowner still went ahead as planned. With true good sportsmanship, our club spirit was not dampened and the atmosphere was joyous and relaxed with the main focus on farewelling our club’s swim coach Clare Whitehead who is sadly unable to continue coaching for North Coast in 2015 due to her family making the move to relocate to Margaret River in January.
Clare gave a heart-wrenching speech and revealed just how important the coaching of North Coast has been to her. Her connection to individual members and watching their swimming improve is clearly her passion and her humble words in saying goodbye were incredibly moving. Clare was presented with a swim-themed cake, which was quickly gobbled up (chocolate of course), and a “blue bag” from Tiffanies containing a gift voucher from the club to thank her for her many years of commitment and service.
There were tears and laughter and the drinks from the bar were readily consumed as everyone settled into some serious socialising. With about 60 Members in attendance it was a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon spent admiring one another’s hairstyles (without a helmet) and outfits (other than lycra)! Take a moment to look through the photos.
Helen Vagnoni was also recognised for her Kona World Ironman Championship achievement in October and most of next week’s Ironman WA competitors came down too. Most of our club’s Ironman competitors have been training together in a dedicated Ironman training squad but for the rest of us, it has been sometime since some of us have seen them. This social occasion was a great opportunity to catch up, hear about their training progress, and to personally wish them luck for race week.
Thank you to the organisers of this social for providing free nibbles, and for organising Clare’s gifts. It was a big day for those of us that had also done the Interclub event but I can’t think of better way to spend a Sunday than with our club mates.