Great day had by all at the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2011
9 November 2011
The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2011 made their way to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge for the very first time on Saturday 5th November, with the cream of British Swimming joining unsung swim stars from across the UK in a celebration of swimming.
This year the event was even bigger and better than ever with a glittering ‘Oscar-style’ awards ceremony hosted by former Olympian, Steve Parry, and a ‘Swim with the Stars’ session where nominees had the chance to make a splash with their sporting heroes.
Trophies were awarded to winners and runners-up from a number of categories including:
- Young Swimmer of the Year
- Disability Swimmer of the Year
- Parent of the Year
- Senior Swimmer of the Year
- Fundraiser of the Year
- RLSS Lifesaver of the Year
- SwimSchoolof the Year
- ESSA Dolphin Award
- Top Teacher of the Year
- Community Project of the Year
- Facility Operator of the Year
- Big Splash Family Swim Award
Team GB athletes presented the awards to the winners and there was a special video message for Marion Limbird, winner of the Parent of the Year Award, from the parents of Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
There was also a special recognition award for Team Kellogg’s diver Nick Robinson-Baker, who helped to save the life of fellow diver Monique Gladding after she was injured in a diving accident at the 2011 World Cup in Russia.
Earlier in the day all of the nominees and their families had the opportunity to take part in fun aquatics activities with stars of the British Swimming, Diving, Synchro and Water Polo including, Nick Robinson-Baker, Cassandra Patten and the GB Women’s Water Polo team.
Olympic, Commonwealth and Team Kellogg’s swimmer, James Goddard said, “I think this is a really fantastic day for everyone. It’s so nice to see the nominees interact with the international athletes. My daughter Evie is here with me today and she’s really excited to get in the pool and have some fun with everyone.
“I think it’s very important to recognise the achievements of the nominees. Every single person here has a really inspirational story and I think their achievements will make others believe they can achieve anything.”
David Sparkes, CEO of the ASA said, “This is the biggest and best Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards that we have ever held and it really has been a fantastic experience for all involved.
“Swimming is a great family activity that everyone can get involved in and it is phenomenal to see people from all walks of life come together to celebrate the sport.
“Kellogg’s have committed so much to our sport over many years and it really is fantastic to have their support.”
Bruce Learner, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Kellogg’s said: “It was so good to see so many people, young and old, have such a good time in the pool in the afternoon and then at the awards ceremony in the evening.
“Swimtastic highlights the heart-warming and courageous stories of the people involved and celebrates what the sport has done for different people at different levels of the sport, it’s an inspiration!”