Aquatics heroes honoured at ASA night of celebration

14 November 2015

The achievements of all those from across the aquatics community were celebrated at the ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 on 14 November 2015 in Leamington Spa.

Split into 19 categories the Awards honoured the commitment and achievements of individuals, facilities and schools involved in aquatics.  

Check out all of the video interviews with gold award winners.Among those recognised was World champion and double World record holder, Adam Peaty, who has enjoyed a golden season in 2015.

The Derbyshire swimmer was named Swimming’s Performance Athlete of the Year after becoming only the second British swimmer in history to win two individual golds at a World Championships when he competed in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke in Kazan, Russia earlier this year.

Looking ahead to 2016, Peaty said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award and honoured to be recognised in this way.

"The past two years have been incredible and I am so grateful to be working with such a talented support team. Everyone works unbelievably hard and I am so proud of everything we've achieved together as a team so far.

"I'm really looking forward to next year and I will continue to work hard to ensure I'm in the best shape possible to compete in front of my home crowd in London and then at my first Olympic Games."

London-based swimming group, Swim Dem Crew, picked up the David Sparkes Innovation Award for their inspirational efforts to challenge swimming stereotypes and open the world of swimming up to everyone.

Founded in 2013 around a love of swimming, the Swim Dem community has grown over the past two years. Alongside TV presenter Andy Akinwolere, with support from the Swimming Trust, the group took a group of novice and non-swimmers across various ages, ethnicities and body types on an incredible five month journey. This culminated in the group completing the one mile open water Great Manchester Swim. Some progressed faster than others, but all overcame their fear of open water.

Peigh Asante, co-founder of Swim Dem Crew, said: "When Swim Dem started back in 2013 participation was our main focus. It was not until we started working with Ayo, Harley and Danielle on the 'Swim Challenge' that we understood the importance and impact of teaching. 

"This award is a direct reflection of what happens when great people come together to work on great things. For that we are grateful."

As the ceremony drew to a close, the spotlight fell on 81-year-old Gordon Smart who received the prestigious ASA Services to Aquatics Award for his unwavering support and contribution to the sport for over 40 years, which includes building a swimming pool for his local school.

Gordon said: "Receiving this award today is unbelievable. I didn't expect it and it is truly wonderful."

Adam Paker, Chief Executive of the ASA said: “These Awards are an opportunity for the ASA to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the aquatics community over the past 12 months from athletes and coaches to volunteers and facility operators, all of whom play an important role in leading our sport.

“We have heard some truly inspiring stories today and on behalf of the ASA I would like to thank everyone linked to this event for their ongoing commitment and for being such incredible ambassadors for swimming and aquatics.”

The Awards were presented by British Diver and Commonwealth bronze medallist in the 3m Synchro, Freddie Woodward. He said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to present these Awards. The achievement and dedication of all the finalists is amazing and I am very pleased to have been part of this very special event.”

The ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 were held at the historic Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa. They recognised the commitment and achievement of participants across the entire ASA pathway from youngsters learning to swim through to elite athletes on the international stage, as well as the outstanding contribution of the volunteers and operators whose continued dedication ensures the smooth running of the sport.

Meet the Winners

Learn to Swim Award

This award is for an individual who shows particular promise in the pool at a young age and is achieving a high standard of swimming along the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. All nominees are 16 or under and have either gained a particular award this year or have been successful in challenges or competitions.

Gold: Rosanna Ogden

Silver: Jack Wallace

Bronze: Lucy-Mae Osborne

ASA School Swimming Charter: Primary School of the Year

This award recognises a school that has taken the appropriate steps to demonstrate proactive action to improve the delivery of their school swimming. The school will be signed up to the ASA School Swimming Charter and be able to demonstrate good practice in their aquatic delivery.

Gold: Woodhill Primary School

Silver: Phillimore Primary School

Bronze: Robin Hood Primary School

ASA Swim School of the Year

This award is for a swim school that provides an excellent service to all of its members, assists the development of its swimmers and staff, and continually strives to achieve high standards.

Gold: AMES UK Swim School 

ASA Achievement Award: Youth Participant

This award is for an individual who has accomplished a notable achievement in aquatics early in life. This individual has completed either a personal or structured aquatic challenge in the last 12 months. This could be for their own enjoyment and sense of achievement or perhaps to raise money for charity. Nominees are aged 24 and under.

Gold: Jack Waller

Silver: Benjamin Staniforth

Bronze: Morgan Gilmore

ASA Achievement Award: Senior Participant

This award is for an individual who has accomplished a notable achievement in aquatics in later life. This individual has completed either a personal or structured aquatic challenge in the last 12 months, such as learning to swim, raising money for charity, or accomplishing a personal goal. Nominees are aged 25 or over.

Gold: Rosemary Caruana

Silver: John Ashcroft

Bronze: Jean Rayner

ASA Achievement Award: Disabled Participant

This award is for an individual who has overcome, or continues to overcome, a disability and is progressing in their chosen aquatic discipline, accomplishing great things in the pool throughout the year. This individual has completed either a personal or structured aquatic challenge in the last 12 months. This could be for their own enjoyment and sense of achievement or perhaps to raise money for charity.

Gold: David Hill

Silver: Todd Andrews

Bronze: Rhys Harris 

ASA Facility Operator of the Year

This prestigious award recognises facility operators who have demonstrated continued commitment to improving their aquatic programmes over the past 12 months. These providers will demonstrate creative use of innovation, whilst ensuring community engagement, inclusivity and driving participation is high on the agenda.  

22 and under wet sites: Kirklees Active Leisure

23 and over wet sites: Everyone Active 

ASA Club of the Year

This award recognises a non-ASA funded club that shows a commitment and passion for aquatics by providing a quality and enjoyable experience to their members, through developing innovative ways to grow and improve the club. This club must deliver ASA programmes and initiatives. Ideally this club will either be part of, or working towards being a part of, a Club Network.

Gold: Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club

ASA Young Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises an ASA volunteer who, at a young age, is already making an impact within the world of aquatics. This could be within a club, event or community environment.

Gold: Lucy Rouse

Silver: Harvey Cumming

Bronze: Amy Addison

ASA Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises an ASA volunteer whose contribution is seen as invaluable and their efforts are instrumental in the work behind the scenes. This could be within a club, event or community environment.

Gold: Steve Gammon

Silver: Mandy Blizard

Bronze: Samantha Travis

ASA Swim Teacher of the Year

This award recognises a teacher who provides quality lessons week in week out. They are motivated to improve their pupil’s standards and go the extra mile to ensure they deliver the best quality learning experience for their pupils.

Gold: Simone Benhayon

Silver: Harley Hicks

Bronze: Sarah Bates

ASA Services to Aquatics

Awarded to an individual who regularly goes above and beyond within aquatics and without whom the sport could not continue to run. They must have contributed towards the development and participation of aquatics at a local, regional or national level and have promoted the sport to all. 

Gold: Gordon Smart

Silver: Lesley Batson

Bronze: Ann Pollard

Performance Athlete of the Year

This award recognises an English athlete who has produced outstanding international results during the last 12 months. This individual will be an excellent ambassador for the sport and always conduct themselves in a manner befitting of a professional athlete.

Swimming: Adam Peaty

Diving: Tom Daley

Water Polo: Honor Grimes

Para-Swimming: Tully Kearney

Synchronised Swimming: Jodie Cowie and Genevieve Randall

Masters Swimming: Judy Wilson

Open Water: Jack Burnell 

England Programmes Athlete of the Year

This award recognises the England Programmes athlete from each of the aquatic disciplines who has produced outstanding results whilst demonstrating world-class potential over the past 12 months. This individual will be an excellent ambassador for the sport and always conducts themselves in a manner befitting of a professional athlete.

Swimming: Layla Black

Diving: Jordan Houlden

Water Polo: Dylan Green

Para-Swimming: Maisie Summers-Newton

Synchronised Swimming: Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe

Open Water: Tim Shuttleworth

ASA England Programmes Coach of the Year

This award recognises an England Programmes coach who has shown commitment and contribution to England Programmes’ activities producing outstanding results over the past 12 months. This individual will be an excellent ambassador for the sport and always conduct themselves in a manner befitting of a professional coach. 

Gold: Tom Owens

Performance Programme of the Year

This award recognises an ASA-funded Beacon programme that has produced one or more British Swimming High Performance athletes in the last 12 months and has shown themselves to be a leader at national level competitions. 

Gold: Sunderland Beacon 

David Sparkes Innovation Award

This award recognises and celebrates innovation throughout the aquatics industry, from pool design to methods of training, energy saving, Learn to Swim, new technology or increases in aquatic participation.

Gold: Swim Dem Crew

ESSA Dolphin Award

The aim of the Dolphin Scheme is to support and encourage all schools to make every child a swimmer before transferring to the secondary stage of education. Children in years three, four, five and six are judged on their ability to swim 5 metres, 10 metres, 20 metres and 25 metres gaining points for their school for each distance they swim.

Gold: The Grey House School

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