A FIN-TASTIC scuba diving club has been crowned the best in Britain following a worldwide competition.
Not-for-profit club Octopus Divers has scooped the prestigious Heinke Trophy following its efforts to further the interests of its members and the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) organisation.
The 20-strong team of members aged between 14 and 67, were particularly praised by judges for their energy, enthusiasm and range of diving and social activities is holds from its base at Askern Leisure Centre in Churchfield Road.
Some of the group’s most notable achievements included a productive partnership with Newcastle University, a successful £5,000 grant application to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for club kit and equipment and the organisation of their branch gatherings and social events usually held at The Anne Arms in Sutton.
As well as the prestigious trophy, the club has been awarded £1,000.
Ralph Lyon, 62, of Whitley Bridge and chairman of the group, said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic about the award, it’s quite a feat to be named Britain’s best with just a small team behind us.
“Everybody connected with the club help run it with fundraisers and raising awareness, everyone has worked really hard for the trophy.
“There are a lot of clubs enter for the Heinke Trophy across the world so we’re absolutely delighted.”
Phil Harrison, Heinke adjudicator, congratulated Octopus on the achievement.
He said: “Octopus BSAC are worthy winners of the Heinke Trophy 2012.
“As a small club, they epitomise what BSAC club diving is all about, with their energy and enthusiasm delivering an excellent range of diving and social activities.
“All at Octopus should be extremely proud of their achievement.”
Octopus Divers met at various times throughout the year at the pool and have branch meetings in the borough.
The club offers ‘try dives’ and expert training to people wanting to learn more about diving.
For more information, visit www.octopusdivers.moonfruit.com