Margaux Scott, a member of the Penobscot Bay YMCA Sailfish youth swim team, is the first honoree of the Jordyn Bakley Sportsmanship Award. The honored youth pool athlete was recognized at the team's awards banquet April 7.

Scott is a senior at Camden Hills Regional High School and longtime swimmer for the Sailfish and Windjammers.

The award, presented on behalf of the Jordyn Bakley Sportsmanship Award committee by Alyssa McCluskey, recognizes a swimmer who demonstrates the qualities of sportsmanship: strong dedication, good work ethic, motivation to succeed and a positive attitude. The individual must be an excellent team player and someone who shows the greatest amount of respect for his or her opponents and teammates.

Scott is an inspiration and role model for many of the younger swimmers on the team, McCluskey said. She was described by her coaches as “a go-to swimmer when the stakes are high. She always gives 110 percent, never complains, and gets the job done.”

Even during her senior year of high school, when she was busy applying to colleges and preparing to graduate, Scott often could be found in the pool training seven days a week. She even made it to early-morning workouts before school started. No matter how difficult the workouts were she always was upbeat and smiling throughout the season, McCluskey said. She treats teammates and opponents alike with respect and kindness.

The plaque will be hung in YMCA’s hallway, overlooking the pool area.

This is a new award given to a team member in recognition of excellent sportsmanship and a strong work ethic in the memory of Bakley, a former longtime Sailfish swimmer and member of the Camden-Rockport community.

During her third year of college at the University of Maine in Orono, Bakley was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Jan. 30, 2010.

"This was a great loss for many in the Camden-Rockport community, and continues to resonate with those who remembered Jordyn as a Sailfish swimmer," said Alyssa McCluskey, a member of the selection committee. "Through this award, we hope to preserve Jordyn’s memory, and to recognize a Sailfish swimmer for the qualities that Jordyn herself exhibited not only in swimming, but in all aspects of her life."

Sportsmanship is a quality that one hopes to see in each athlete, and it is one that shines brightly for those who honor it by taking their losses without complaint and who treat their teammates and opponents with kindness, respect and generosity, McCluskey said.

A committee of six asked Sailfish coaches to pick up to three swimmers who they believed exhibited the qualities of sportsmanship throughout the recently-completed season. After receiving the nominations, the Jordyn Bakley Sportsmanship Award committee convened and reviewed the applications.

The committee came to a unanimous decision on Scott.

Members of the committee include Tyler Evans, Alyssa and Lianne McCluskey, JC Bakley, Katie Gloede and Kim Scott. The McCluskeys are sisters.

Bakley was a 2007 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School. She majored in elementary education and was adding a second major in women's studies while at UMaine. She also was involved in various humanitarian projects.

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