NCC Annual Sports Review Ceremony
Nottingham County Council held their annual Sports Review ceremony on Monday 21st February to celebrate the achievements and contribution made to sport over the last 12 months. Swimming’s sporting stars were in attendance to both present and collect awards on the night.
Nova Centurion’s Rebecca Adlington, Jess Sylvester and Sasha Matthews presented awards to fellow swimmers, coaches and volunteers.
Charlotte Henshaw won ‘Disabled Swimmer of the Year’ During 2010 Charlotte defended her title at the BT Paralympic World Cup, taking the gold medal in a new world record time. She broke this record again in qualifying at the IPC World Championships in August.
Bill Furniss took ‘Performace Coach of the year’ Bill saw continued success with double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington. Last year he coached her to the Barcelona 800m freestyle Mare Nostrum title in the fastest time of the year. In August he steered her to gold in the 400m freestyle at the European Championships and then the pair capped the season off with 400m and 800m freestyle gold medals and 2 bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games.
Oliver Pratley was named ‘Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the year’ At the European Downs Championships last April, Oliver broke two junior world short course records in the 100 metres freestyle and 50 metres backstroke events. He was then selected to swim for Great Britain at the Downs Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Taiwan. Here, he won gold in the 100m backstroke, and freestyle events; both in world record times.
In the volunteer categories Victoria Freer picked up ‘Junior Volunteer of the year’ Vicky volunteers at Bingham Penguins Swimming Club, supporting both child and adult swimmers with disabilities. Initially working with one child in the pool, she agreed to volunteer more time to work with an adult swimmer when the club became short of volunteer support. Out of the water, Vicki has supported the club as a photographer for the awards night, and has mentored new volunteers during their first sessions, sharing ideas she has used to build confidence in the water.
Winners were announced from a shortlist of up to 6 in each category.
The evening proved a successful night for Nottinghamshire’s swimmers highlighting our current performers and stars for the future.