On Saturday the 1st of December, members of the Blackwater Triathlon Club took a break from training for our annual Christmas party and awards night. The club now has over a hundred members and as a result we had to change the venue for this year’s event. Due to the numbers in the club these days this year’s event was held in the Pitch and Putt Clubhouse at The GAA pitch. Once again we had a big turnout on the night with delicious food, a few well earned drinks and loads of craic. Following an excellent meal the final proceedings of the night began with a ten minute video featuring some of the events of another very successful year for the Blackwater Triathlon Club. This was followed by the presentation of the various awards to club members. Deciding on the winners of each category has become increasingly difficult over the years as the club grows and members take part in many more events. After much debate amongst the members of the awards committee, we couldn’t separate the two main contenders for the Rookie of the Year award and it was decided to have a double award this year. The 2018 award for Rookie of the year went to Ashleigh Byrne and Martin Feeney. Both Ashleigh and Martin have competed in multiple events this year. Both competed in their first Olympic Distance events, and Ashleigh also managed to fit in the little matter of getting married. Well done to both of them. The next award was for the Female Triathlete of The Year, which was awarded to Gina Lyons. Gina had a had a remarkable year competing in lots of different events, including our own Olympic distance race and culminating in her first half Ironman Distance event, the infamous Lost Sheep triathlon. The Male Triathlete of The Year award was also difficult to decide upon this year, and the committee eventually decided that there was nothing between the two main contenders so we had another double award. This year the winners were Brian Baker and Julian Boeg. Julian completed his first Olympic Triathlon this year and took part in many other events, as well as doing his part in helping club members with their swimming. Brian was once again mister consistency, constantly placing in his age group categories in races during the year, including winning his age group category in the jailbreak triathlon in Cobh. Well done to both of them, further proof that age is just a number. The final award of the night, Club Person of the Year, was decided upon by a poll of club members. This year’s Club Person of The Year award went to Shane Collins. Shane had taken over as Chairman this year and oversaw a year where we increased our numbers and ran our first ever Olympic Triathlon. He has been a tireless worker for the club for years now and this was a well deserved award. The face that he also won it in 2016 is a testament to his value to the Blackwater triathlon Club. Well done to all of our winners and to all the members of the club who have helped to make this our most successful year yet. Hopefully we’ll go on to even bigger and better things next year.