The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2012 countdown - Tuesday
16th October 2012
The countdown is on for the annual Kelloggs ASA Swimtastic Awards 2012 so let’s take a closer look at this years finalists.
The countdown is on for the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2012 taking place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, 20th October. We take a look at two more categories and their finalists for the evening, The Senior swimmer of the year award and the Swim School of the year award.
Each one of our finalists has shown sheer determination, courage and commitment to the swimming world.
Senior Swimmer of the year award
This award is for those people that have accomplished a noticeable achievement. It may be dedication to swimming over a number of years, a high level of success later on in their career or they may have overcome other obstacles in their quest to achieve their swimming goals, great or small.
Tony Shrimpton, aged 76 from Maldon
- Tony started swimming at the age of 58 and from 2002 competed with the Witham Dolphins swimming club. As well as being an active member of his swimming club, Shrimpton has also played an integral role within his community with titles such as Mayor, local councillor and methodist Minister to his name.
- Sadly, in 2010 Tony suffered a stroke but he did not let this deter him from his training. Within a week and a half he was back in the pool, using swimming as a way to help him make a fast recovery.
- In April of this year at the age of 76, Tony represented GBR in his age group in the sprint Triathlon at the European Championships in Eilat winning gold and finishing over 20 minute clear of his rivals. He will also go on to compete in the World Triathlon which will take place in Hyde Park London in 2013.
Ron Smith, aged 71 from Plymouth
- Ron took up diving in his 60s and competed in the Masters competition until 2005. Not only does he keep active in the water, he also cycles to and from the pool for each session.
- This ‘young at heart’ veteran, who recently dislocated his shoulder whilst performing a forward one and a half somersault, will let nothing get between him and his passion and is now back to diving from both springboard and high boards at the new Life Centre in Plymouth after a successful recovery.
Mark Ricketts, aged 38 from Hinckley
- Mark took to the pool in 2010 having recently quit smoking with the goal of turning his life around and competing in a triathlon. However, at this time he struggled to complete 25metres of breaststroke without being out of breath.
- In July of that year, Mark joined an adult improver class to work on his strokes and his fitness and progressed quickly. He worked his way up to the adult fitness class where most swimmers are training for triathlons.
- Mark’s incredible journey into the world of swimming reached its most successful point yet when he completed the 5,000m Big Splash Swimathon this year; just 21 months after taking to the water. He plans to go on and compete in several triathlon and Iron Man events in the near future.
Swim School of the year award
This is award is for a swim school which provides an excellent service to all of its members and assists the development of its swimmers and staff. A school that is continually striving to achieve high standards.
Burnham-on-Sea Swim & Sports Academy, based in Somerset
- The Swim Academy launched in 2008 by founder Sara Cox-Conklin, ex National Modern Pentathlon Champion & World Amateur Triathlon Champion.
- Sara & husband Mark Conklin saved 30 year old pool from closure in 2008 (formerly operating under Sedgemoor District Council as Burnham Pool) and launched the privately run Burnham-on-Sea Swim & Sport Academy.
- First year of Swim Academy saw 350 children take lessons each week. At the start of our 5th year, we now have 967 students and expect to hit our goal of 1000 swimmers in our Swim Academy by Dec 2012.
- In 2009 The Academy launched and hosted the Sedgemoor Schools Swimming Gala. This now annual event is a huge success with parents, teachers and swimmers
- In 2012 the Academy saw its first student graduate the ASA pathway from Ducklings (July 2008) to Stage 10 (August 2012).
Havering & Hornchurch School of Swimming, based in Essex, London
- The Havering & Hornchurch School of Swimming is a small family run swim school run by Lynda Walton with her partner Ted Clarke and her daughter Louise Walton.
- The teachers at the school are always friendly, professional and deliver lessons in a fun and safe environment; they welcome participants and make them feel at ease.
- The Havering & Hornchurch School of Swimming is continually striving to achieve high standards in their teaching and develop the ability of their swimmers. Amy Marren, age 14, disability S9 swimmer who has just competed in the 2012 Paralympics, was a finalist in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke finishing 4th and 5th respectively.
Quackers Swim School, based in Nottingham
- Quackers Swim School was launched in 2008 based at the Lenton Centre in Nottingham. Quackers swim school provides traditional swimming lessons from age six months to pre-club level. Courses are run in school term time, but also provide intensive courses during the holidays as well as one to one and special needs tuition.
- Quackers has built a packed timetable and an outstanding reputation over just a few short years and is one of ten leisure centres that provide curriculum based swimming lessons with Quackers being the only private organisation.
- Quackers delivers sessions to classes from 13 City schools, increasing from only 2 a few years ago.
- The level of service and commitment that Charlotte and her staff provide is unrivalled. The school provide a service to pupils, with clean kit and towels if they do not engage with swimming or regularly forget their kit.