By Matthew Gorry
July 22, 2013
PILOT MOUNTAIN - While local swimmers were racking up the medals last month at the Powerade State Games in Charlotte, two parents brought home some hardware as well.
Wendy and Mark Tucker won the Powerade State Games’ Facebook Photo Contest, claiming an iPad Mini by earning the most “likes” out of the 14 finalists.
“I took the photo of the swimmers after the swim meet at the Powerade State Games in Charlotte, then posted it on the Powerade State Games Facebook page not realizing there would be a contest or that it would be chosen as a finalist,” Wendy Tucker explained.
“It was very exciting and such an honor to get the most votes,” she said. “We have a lot of friends and family to thank for their tremendous support. Our PAC swimming family really came together in spreading the word to vote for the photo. We have an extremely close team of not only swimmers, but also parents. We really support each other with everything.”
The winning photo features three Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) swimmers posing with their State Game medals, while donning Powerade drinks, the Games’ main sponsor.
Avery Tucker, a sixth-grader at Pilot Mountain Middle School, is joined in the photo by seventh-grader Sydney Beck and eighth-grader Mikki Nunn, giving Surry County statewide recognition.
“It was wonderful to be among the finalists from around the state, and I am so proud to call Surry County home,” Wendy Tucker continued. “We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful swim team with PAC. Our coaches, swimmers and parents are incredible. Hopefully my photo captured the true spirit of competition and camaraderie among teammates. To have our PAC swimmers recognized for both their excellence in swimming and photogenic qualities is amazing.”
When the photo contest ended Friday morning, the Tuckers’ photo garnered 845 Facebook “likes,” edging a soccer photo collage by 100 votes to win the iPad Mini. Wendy said they plan to donate their prize to the swimming club to help raise money for the fall.
“We are definitely donating the iPad to PAC swimming. We are going to use it as part of a fundraiser for the entire team by raffling it off this fall,” she explained.
Even with the contest officially over, the photo continues to receive recognition, pushing close to 900 “likes” at the time of publication.
Tribune sports editor Matthew Gorry finished third in the contest with a softball photo to give the county two top-three finishers.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.