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Relive the excitement of the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2013

18 November 2013

Whilst Britain looks ahead to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, the Olympic legacy continued this weekend as our aquatic stars recognised the achievements of our inspirational unsung swimming heroes at the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2013.

Finalists from across the UK travelled to Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday 16th November, to swim with the stars of British swimming including Paralympic gold medalist and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, Josef Craig.

A star-studded awards ceremony followed in the evening at Edgbaston Cricket ground attended by some of the top names in British ‘swimmeratti’ who ensured the night went off with a bang, including Olympic medalist, Sharron Davies, and Commonwealth champion, Robbie Renwick.

The Kellogg’s Swimtastic Awards are organised by the ASA, the national governing body for swimming, and celebrate the achievements of swimmers of all ages and abilities from around the country.

Devoted swimmer, Naomi, is the oldest member of the City of Sheffield Masters Squad. In spirit, however, Naomi is far younger than her years - she is one of the most regular attendees at training, always to be found ploughing up and down the pool with her characteristic determination. Naomi was a 2012 Games Maker and is hoping to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Yorkshire-born swimmer admits that winning the award came as a surprise and is the perfect end to a great year.

“Tonight has been absolutely fantastic and such a huge surprise; I should have been in Australia now with my daughter but I cancelled the trip when I found out I was nominated and she has flown over her to the UK to be with me tonight. It’s been brilliant.”

“My daughter was the one who got me swimming again, she entered me into the New Zealand Masters Games when I was 70 and since then I haven’t looked back.

I just love being in the water; open water swimming is my real passion.“I just love being in the water; I love the friendships of the people that I swim with; I like the fact that it’s good for my body because it’s non-weight bearing, and I love open water swimming; that is my real passion.

Olympic medalist and TV personality, Sharron Davies, presented awards at the ceremony and said:

“The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards are all about rewarding and saying well done to the unsung heroes in the swimming community. We have over 30 British Swimming athletes here today congratulating our award winners and recognizing their amazing achievements.

“The award winners are incredibly inspiring; we have youngsters from as young as five, all the way up to our eldest nominee at 94 years of age; there are some really heart-warming stories and it was very emotional watching as they received their awards. 

“It’s great to see people from all levels of the sport coming together to celebrate with those who may not be on TV or in the public eye, but work quietly behind the scenes to keep the sport alive.”

 

ROLL OF HONOUR

Young Swimmer of the Year Award

  • Henry Stuart-Turner - GOLD
  • Alexander Tanglin Ireland - SILVER
  • Georgia Scott - BRONZE

Disability Swimmer of the Year Award

  • Mia McGrory - GOLD
  • Piers Bloomfield - SILVER
  • Kayleigh Smith - BRONZE

Parent of the Year Award

  • Emma Back - GOLD
  • Alison Crompton - SILVER
  • Alice Francis - BRONZE

Senior Swimmer of the Year Award

  • Naomi Crowder - GOLD
  • Terance Ganey - SILVER
  • Tony Clack - BRONZE

Fundraising Award

  • Rachel Dodd - GOLD
  • Margaret Clarke - SILVER
  • Natalie Hawley - BRONZE

RLSS Lifesaving Award

  • Caoimhe Preshur - GOLD
  • Amy Vine - SILVER
  • Alex Maddren - BRONZE

Swim School of the Year Award

  • Creative Aquatic

ESSA Dolphin Award

  • The Grey House School and Godolphin Prep School

Top Teacher Award

  • Marine Mace - GOLD
  • Nicky Bryant - SILVER
  • Keeley Peace - BRONZE

Family Swim Award

  • The Whittle Family - GOLD
  • The Piper Family - SILVER
  • The Jones Family - BRONZE

Community Project fo the Year Award

  • West Wight Swimming Club and Sports Centre - GOLD
  • Tower Hamlets Womens and Girls SC - SILVER
  • Age Concern Havering - BRONZE

Facility Operator of the Year Award

  • GLL - GOLD
  • Everyone Active - SILVER
  • Kirklees - BRONZE

A huge congratulations to all our deserving award winners!

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