Awards night and I picked up my engraved plaques

Two trophies which had my name on the engraved plaques
Two out of ten ain’t bad and at our dive awards night I picked up to engraved plaques for best free dive of the year and best underwater snap of the year!

Every year our dive crew get together for our annual awards night. We always have it after Christmas as if we ever try to do anything over the festive period it always goes wrong. This year I was nominated for three of the ten awards we dish out and was lucky (well it was really down to skill but…) enough to win two of them. this year we did the event in Birmingham at a cracking boutique hotel called Malmaison right in the centre.

Two trophies with my name on the engraved plaques and a great night

I love Birmingham its a really cool city and so I was really happy we all collectively decided it was the city of choice for this year. Not much diving to be done but we did all drink like fish so the theme was spot on for our dive awards night. There is talk of next year splashing out (get it) and doing the awards night abroad and I think this is quite likely now as we all seemed up for it when it was muted of this year. We did not have the time to organise that when someone came up with the idea but countries are already being put forward as candidates for 2016.

It makes sense to go away for it too so we can do some diving at the same time so we are looking to do a week long trip and get in some good diving as well as a bit of partying. I want to do Egypt as I think its a happy mix of not too far with good diving. Caribbean was also mentioned but I think price will put that one to bed at least for the next couple of years.

This year though the night was a cracker and I was up for best free dive which we always do at least two competitions a year for, best underwater snap and deepest dive. I was only just pipped to the post for deepest dive by Miles but I did pick up best free dive and best picture for a snap I took on a holiday with my family to the Maldives. It was a good place to get a decent snap to be honest and when I was up against the South Coast of England for Jeff’s picture and Mike’s pic from Spain it was a no contest award.

The Maldives trip got my name on one of the engraved plaques

The Maldives was awesome and the diving was amazing and I have to thank that holiday for an easy trophy win. With two trophies with my name on the engraved plaques and a brilliant night out this year was my best to date and I am already looking forward to winning more this year! http://www.stonesign.com

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