At the swim team award ceremony, at the end of every season, the team hands out many awards. Some are performance based, but many are not. Here is the list of awards (subject to change) that are typically awarded each year.
Trophies and Medals
All swim team participants receive an achievement award. All 10 & Unders receive a trophy, and all 11 & Ups receive a medal. Bigger trophies are awarded to those who have been team members for multiples of 5 years.
High Points Awards
These are awarded to the boy and girl in each age group who has accumulated the most points for the team in all swim meets over the entire season. Many times, a year-round swimmer will walk away with this award (effectively a tribute to their dedication all year on their swim club team) - but not always! It depends on many factors, including meet lineup race assignments, the opposing teams' competitors in the various race events, family vacations, and the weather. This is similar to a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
Every swimmer is eligible to win the Raging Wave Award. These are given to swimmers in most age groups - although they are usually not given to first-year swimmers. Being a fast swimmer is NOT a requirement for this award. These are awarded to those special children who demonstrate positive characteristics and personal growth in several areas including team spirit, friendliness, helpfulness, and maturity. They are the true strength of the team!
The Coaches select one or two individuals from the entire team for this ultimate award. Think of it as a super Raging Wave. The winner will have caught the eye of the coaches, having demonstrated all the quality characteristics of an ideal team member - all those behaviors and attitudes that make coaches and parents proud, as well as gain them plenty of respect and friends!
Rebecca Bodart Wellsley Wave Annual Scholarship Award
This annual scholarship is awarded to one (or more) graduating high school senior of the swim team in appreciation for their hard work and excellence.