SPECIAL HONOURS & AWARDS
The following awards recognize the highest level of recognition within WRASA for athletes and members who have made exceptional contribution to the life of the club and embody the WRASA ideal of community leadership.
Created in 2018, this important award recognizes a long-time swimmer and coach for exceptional achievement in athletics and academics while also making significant contributions to community and team as an inspiration to swimmers, a mentor to young coaches and a leader within the club.
ANDREW BISHOP • 2018
ANDREW BISHOP • PRESIDENT'S AWARD • 2018
The WRASA President's Award was first presented on September 28th 2018 to Andrew Bishop at the conclusion of an exceptional WRASA career. As a holder of multiple provincial records, a well-loved coach and a mentor to other coaches,. Andrew's achievements in the pool (gold medal sweep at 2018 Provincials, 15 records at club, regional and provincial levels) is matched only by his outstanding academic career (UBC Major Entrance Scholarship, International Baccalaureate 97%/42; Waterloo President's Award with Distinction). Andrew leaves coaching at WRASA to study Computer Science at the University of Waterloo's co-op program.
HALL OF FAME AWARD
A Very Special Award of Exceptional Recognition
The WRASA Hall of Fame Award enables the entire club to celebrate and capture the significant contributions of those exceptional athletes-turned-coaches whose energy, spirit and personality provide a lasting legacy. Our Hall of Fame Award helps all future members understand the WRASA ideal and how it has been shaped by unforgettable contributors.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
2014 • KEVIN MASON
2017 • MARK STEWART
KEVIN MASON • HALL OF FAME • 2014
The WRASA Hall of Fame Award was first presented on September 26th 2014 to Kevin Mason at the conclusion of his WRASA career as swimmer, coach, leader and mentor. His contribution to club culture is still felt in his development of our training programs including his expansion of technical dryalnd practices and his formalizing of the senior leaders program which continue as defining feature of summers at WRASA.
MARK STEWART • HALL OF FAME • 2017
On September 22nd, 2017, WRASA inducted its second recipient, Mark "Megaphone" Stewart. Another "lifer" in the club, Mark's presence was felt by his enormous personality, his sincere interest in each person around him and, of course, his booming voice. The heart and soul of the club, Mark leaves a legacy of encouraging swimmers of all abilities to achieve more by blending fun and focus as he did for his senior swimmers and for parent swimmers in the Varsity and Masters program which he established and led.