Fifteen-year-old Francis Brennan achieved a rare feat for a Belleville Beast swimmer in April when he competed at the Canadian Trials.
Board chair Cathy Duggan said the club was treading water, though, as the COVID-19 pandemic and provincial restrictions continued. Longtime coach Jim Anfield, who also took on other tasks such as registrar, treasurer and equipment manager, kept a few swimmers in the pool when possible, but ultimately made the decision to step away, which the club understood.
It’s been a busy, and at times emotional, couple of months, but members of the Belleville Beast swim team continue to make waves in the pool.
Centennial Secondary School in Belleville recognized its athletes recently with its year-end banquet. In addition to the major sport awards, each team that was able to run this year also recognized athletes.
Competing at their first swim meet since March 2020, the Belleville Beast placed eighth overall as a team at the Pointe-Claire Invitational in Quebec in December.
Competing at their first swim meet since March 2020, the Belleville Beast placed eighth overall as a team at the Pointe-Claire Invitational in Quebec from Dec. 16 to 19.
While a career in the military can be challenging, sports provide an outlet to decompress, gain additional fitness and interaction with others from across the base.
The inaugural 1987 Induction Class included two accomplished female athletes in Betty Ingram Wonnacott and Sarah Thompson. The Belleville Sports Hall of Fame came into being in 1987 and today has over 100 athletes, builders and teams as members.
Ashley completely bought into the program and after 10 amazing years with the Beast, she will be moving onto a post-secondary level and remain ready to continue to progress her skills.
Brandon Oates Head Coach of the Belleville Beast Swim Team and Ashley Allaire, Beast swimmer who received a scholarship to Canisius College in Buffalo