WITC Holidays Party – December 2013

WITC Holidays Party – December 2013 at Znajomi znajomych

2013 has been an amazing year for WITC, with the club successfully building on last year’s efforts and taking this community to the next level. WITC founder Ken Globerman took some time out to reflect on the year:

PAT_9393Looking back, 2013 was another terrific year for WITC. Our community continues to grow organically – now approaching 500 persons from more than 20 different countries. And we continue to help introduce people to a new perceptive on life; one which helps them realize they can make a real difference through sports. In 2014, WITC will continue to develop runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes in a friendly, international environment. We invite all self-doubters to give us a try.

The holidays party returned to Znajomi znajomych after last year’s great party with a packed show including live renditions of WITC State of Mind and the YMCA, the end-of-year awards and much, much more…

Olga collecting her award

Olga collecting her award

After an introduction from Ken and a short presentation by Jay, it was time for the first award of the evening – the Most Improved Runner of the Year, which went to Olga Kulyna for her impressive performances in 2013 including a fantastic time in the Warsaw Marathon.

 

Next up was Maciej Brzezinski, who won the Most Improved Triathlete of the Year after stepping up to the full (yep you read that right, full!) Ironman distance in 2013!! The Runners of the year awards were deservedly won by our very own super midget Andy Mossop and Farrah Madanay (who is sadly leaving Warsaw to return to the States :().

The Female Multi-Sport Athletes of the Year

The Female Multi-Sport Athletes of the Year

Then came the biggest awards of the night – the Multi-sport Athletes of the Year. The voting for the female award was fiercely competitive, and in the end there was absolutely nothing to separate Cristina Moldoveanu and Dominika Piasecka – so the award had to be split between the two of them! And with Cristina’s announcement that she had just signed up for the 1/2 Ironman distance in Poznan next year the standard looks like it is being raised another notch in 2014 – go girls!!

 

 

Just before the Male Multi-sport Athlete of the Year was announced, it was time for a special surprise for WITC’s one and only Ken Globerman. While Alan gave Ken an award for “Services to Triathlon and Crimes against the English Language” Tristan (Trizzy Triz)  & Mark (the Aussie Chihuahua) performed this incredible song:

 

After that all that was left was the final award. Every one of the nominees for the Male Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year had an impressive 2013, and every single one would have been a worthy winner, but there could only be one winner and Tristan Sakura was invited back on stage to collect the much-deserved award. You can read his humble views about the night and the award on his blog.

Beware, winning an award may mean that everyone wants a photo with you! :)

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event so special & congratulations to all award winners and nominees. Here’s to a great 2014 :)

You can view the full photo gallery here (thanks to Martins & Patrizia for the fantastic photos)

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