Swimmers of the Week awards are presented to those who attend practice regularly and work hard both in the pool and on deck. These swimmers display a good attitude towards their teammates and listen and follow through on what their coaches are asking of them.


Year End Awards

Squad Awards are selected and presented by the coaches.  They are awarded for:

  • Most Improved
  • Smiling Marlin
  • Coaches Award


Endurance Swim Certificates are presented to swimmers who complete a 1600m endurance swim during the season.  Colour coded stickers adhered to the certificate designate the following accomplishment:

  • Blue – 1600m completed
  • Green – 1600m completed in 40-45 minutes
  • Burgundy – 1600m completed in 35-40 minutes
  • Silver – 1600m completed in 30-35 minutes
  • Gold – 1600m completed in less than 30 minutes


Art Mellom Builder’s Award

The Builder’s Award is awarded to the club member who makes a significant contribution to the swim club.  It is in honour of Art Mellom the Marlins Summer Swim Club founder.

Past Art Mellom award winners:

Year Award Winner
2000 Denise and Dan Wall
2001 Lynn Hetherington
2002 Eileen Atkinson and Freida Boukall
2003 Franko Malone
2004 Peter Mah and Donna Smith
2005 Neil Martin
2006 Kathy Donaldson
2007 Chris and Char Andrew
2008 Brent Daviduck
2009 Lorrayne Laing
2010 Amanda Halford
2011 Hayley Goring
2012 Ed & Lisa Driesen
2013 Kelly & Carrie Lehman
2014 Ian & Marni Bettenson
2015 Jenn & Talbot Walton
2016 Cathy Sveinson
2017 Jana Raivio
2018 Erika Grobb
2019 Kerri Orriss

Joy Anderson Memorial Award:

Joy Anderson was a parent of a Marlin swimmer and a long-standing Executive member. Joy lost her long battle with cancer. Her family started this award in her honor shortly after she passed away. Joy had a passion for the Marlin Swim Club and its athletes. She felt very strongly about the Shelly Dyrland Award except she wanted the athlete’s opinion. This award is presented to the athlete, as voted by their peers, that displays sportsmanship, love for the sport of swimming, live the Marlin spirit and proves to be a leader.

Near the end of the season, the coaches will take votes from the swimmers on their choice for this award.

Past Winners Include:

Year Award Winner
1988 Jennifer Genung
1989 Laurena Wright
1990 John Soltice
1991 Sarah Dickin
1992 Ben Strand
1993 Ben Villeneuve
1994 Sarah Dickin
1995 Amy Villeneuve
1996 Jenny Villeneuve
1997 Abby Neiman
1998 Allison Boukall
1999 Sarah Williams
2000 AJ Mahoney
2001 Jessica Cole
2002 Amy Suitor
2003 Laurel Mooney
2004 Hayley Goring and Derek Langvand
2005 Ben Berg
2006 Patrick Errington and Nathan Mahoney
2007 Hayley Goring and Ben Berg
2008 Sefrah Daviduck
2009 Geordan Andrew
2010 Sarah Daviduck
2011 Jillian Engler
2012 Aiden Kooyman
2013 Liam Stalwick
2014 Cale Kooyman
2015 Cale Kooyman
2016 Erik Sveinson
2017 Chloe Becher
2018 Owen Halford
2019 Marin Walton

The Shelley Dyrland Memorial Award:

The Shelley Dyrland Memorial Award for team sportsmanship was first presented the summer of 1977. It was initiated after Shelley had been killed in a snowmobile accident on February 20, 1977.
Art Mellom, Earl and Jacki Dyrland set up the guidelines for the award based upon their feelings of Shelley’s contributions to, and enjoyment of, the Marlin Summer Swim Club.
The Marlin Summer Swim Club was chosen by the Dyrlands because of the intensity of Shelley’s feelings toward the club and toward swimming.


The Dyrlands explain the history behind this award:

Shelley joined the club in June 1975 after Art Mellom had approached her at swim lessons. Showing her usual enthusiasm she went to training and came home full of stories about the coaches and all the swimmers.

Time trials came up right away and the Red Deer Meet was looming. Mom and Dad, feeling very proud of their daughter, went down to watch the time trials. Never having been at a swim meet, everything was strange and so sitting in the bleachers watching some of the parents’ reaction to how their children had swum was no exception. One mother ran up and down the bleachers while the race was on and then really raised cane with her son when the race was over. We were shocked! Did we have to react like this? We’d never make it. Then came Shelley’s turn. Sitting up a little taller we watched as she dove in from the edge of the pool while everyone else used the blocks. Prejudice against our child? (No – she just hadn’t been there long enough to know how to stand on them). Then the race! As the swimmers streaked down the pool Shelley was getting further and further behind. We couldn’t believe it! I think they delayed the meet for her to finish. We were mortified. Why would they ask her to swim with them if she wasn’t any faster than that? Well – we weren’t going to have our child humiliated – we’d take her out! Find something she was more suited to. She pulled herself out of the pool, asked her time and came straight to the stands to see us. We, of course, were ready to console her and let her know we still loved her. What we weren’t ready for was the smile, the excitement, the bubbling enthusiasm.

“Wasn’t it great Mom and Dad? I’m pretty slow, but wasn’t it great?”

We were dumbfounded. How could you kill enthusiasm like that? Smiling weakly we agreed how great it was. And her enthusiasm stayed all summer. She loved the social aspect of the club. She had so many new friends. Realistic in realizing she had some good swimmers to swim against right in Red Deer she never quit trying to beat her personal best and catch up to Kelli Barabonoff and Donna McNichol. Because of work commitments, Earl and I never got too involved in the swim club that summer and never really learned what it was all about. I’m sure we were a trial to Art in Killam when we picked up Shelley before the relays, as we had to go on to Vermilion. We never had any idea how hard it is to run a relay with only three girls and we’ll never forget the disbelief on Art’s face the day we told him Shelley wouldn’t be going to Regionals because we had put her in a bible camp. What were Regionals? We didn’t have any idea. So, needless to say, Shelley did not go to Provincials that year. But her enthusiasm remained and the next May she was ready to start again. This time little brother Bart was asked to swim also.

That summer progressed much better. I wasn’t working and took more interest in the training sessions. It’s amazing what you learn when you hang around the pool every day. Shelley continued to improve her swimming and loved every minute of it, whether training or at meets. Being a social person anyway, mixing with all these boys and girls was very enjoyable for her. That summer she competed in the Regionals which were held in Red Deer. Both her relay teams qualified to go to provincials in Calgary. They won silver and bronze medals. At the wind-up, she shared the most improved 10 and under swimmer award with Roxanne Noyes. Was she thrilled! Of course, Mom and Dad were kind of pleased too. Little did we know that would be her last year of swimming.

The next spring, after the tragedy had struck, we decided to donate a trophy to the swim club to be given to a swimmer that not necessarily always won ribbons and medals, but to one who always tried hard. Someone that being part of the club was special to them and after doing their best, but maybe placing second or third, could congratulate the winner with sincerity. Someone that put the efforts of the whole team right along side of their own personal triumphs. Someone who took the time to watch and cheer all age groups. This swimmer was to be chosen by the head coach. We would not have any say in the choice.

In the ten years, we were involved in the club, as parents of Bart, we got to know the swimmers and realized how hard it was for the coach to choose one, as these summer swimmers were all such a great bunch of kids.

The winning swimmer has his/her name engraved on the trophy, which is displayed in the trophy case at the Recreation Centre, and also receives a coordinated engraved plaque to keep. The trophy was designed by

Ray Malo of Al Ray Trophy Shack and Jacki Dyrland. The lady at the top of the trophy with her arms extended signifies Victory. The two maple leafs are Canadian, of course. The two smaller swimmers, one male, one female indicates the award is for male or female. The larger swimmer in the center is female and signifies Shelley. The blue color was chosen as it was the team color, the gold signifies a top award. Shelley’s picture was added, in hopes, the swimmers who never knew her personally would be able to identify with it a little better and realize it’s an award based on the characteristics of a former swimmer.

Shelley introduced us to a new social set. We enjoyed the family aspect of the club and its outings to swim meets. We enjoyed camping at Killam, sitting at a swim meet in the boiling sun or chilling rain.Walking into the Killam pool when our swimmers are shouting R-E-double D- double-E-R at the top of their lungs is something a person could never forget. Meeting a child on the street and not recognizing them because their hair isn’t standing on end from chlorine damage must be forgivable as they still say hello. Those years are very precious to us and it is with more than a little envy I see your closeness when I come to the wind-up to present Shelley’s trophy.

I do miss the sitting at the pool watching kids swim up and down, the getting up at some ungodly hour to be at a pool for 8 A.M. warm-ups, the dripping bathing suits, towels, sweatsuits, and sleeping bags that accompanied us home from a meet. The thrill of a win, the disappointment of a disqualification, the feeling of an overfull stomach after trying a little of everyone’s food at the wind-up – I miss them all.

We would like to congratulate all the swimmers who have won in the past and encourage all the swimmers of the future to work hard and keep improving their personal best and even if they never win this particular award they will still be winners in their own right.

Good luck to all from the Dyrland family,

Earl, Jacki, Bart & Cory

Past Recipients:

Year Award Winner
1977 Matt Deibert
1978 Pat Krushelnicke
1979 Sarah Deibert
1980 Erin Delbert
1981 Bart Dyrland
1982 Ken Farion
1983 Eugene Waldo
1984 Nan Michelle Swanson
1985 Luke Delbert
1986 Jennifer Jahraus
1987 Linda Andersen
1988 James Grindlay
1989 Chantal Boos
1990 Lindsay Kennedy
1991 Jason Read
1992 Ben Villeneuve
1993 Corinne Hansen
1994 Amy Villeneuve
1995 Robin Neiman
1996 Sarah Dicken
1997 Jill Hornby
1998 Niki Czerniak
1999 Allison Mah
2000 Abby Neiman
2001 Alyx Melone
2002 AJ Mahoney
2003 Sydney Wall
2004 Jamieson Wall
2005 Fraser Mah
2006 Haley Goring
2007 Group 2 Girls
2009 Carson Schiller
2010 Tanis Wiancko
2011 Hana Wolfe
2012 Julia Richards
2013 Cale Kooyman
2014 Chad Lantz
2015 Marin Walton
2016 Haven Pendle
2017 Frances Hansen
2018 Kaitlyn Orriss
2019 Alexis Squire